A recent Rand report that concluded the reasons why California schools lag behind is that parents at home cannot speak English which is "hampering communication between schools and parents" offers up only one solution. Spend more money.
The Eureka Reporter
"California's public school system lags behind most of the nation on almost every objective measurement."
These are the findings of a recently released Rand Corp. report funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which is working to build support for improving California schools.
According to the 2000 Census, 5.8 percent of California school-aged children had trouble speaking English vs. 2.5 percent nationally, and nearly one in every 10 Californians entered the United States within the past 10 years.
There is no mention of the fact that much of the shortfall is due to the 4.2 million illegal aliens residing in the state – per Immigration and Naturalization Service 2000 estimates, plus about a half-million increase each year.
In addition, there are more than 1.6 million who were also part of California's illegal population until they were given legal residence as a result of the 1986 amnesty.
How stupid do you have to be at Rand that the only solution you could come up with is "you need to sped more money so you can hire more people to deal with non-English speakers"? There was no other solution they could come up with? They couldn't come up with "Allow less non-English speaking students into the county" or "If the immigration laws on the books were enforced this problem would be drastically reduced or eliminated"?
Apparently they couldn't and with the problem still existing in the future they are guaranteed to be paid again to run another report detailing how much worse it's gotten since their last report and how we need to spend even more money.
The article goes on to cover the FAIR report that found it costs Californians $7.7 billion each year to pay for illegal aliens education, The Mexican governments sanctioning and distribution of a comic book detailing how to cross the border illegally and how the teachers' union and other educational interests will be fighting budget cuts and for increases rather than finding a solution to the problem.
Can I Dean Scream here??
I want to tear at my hair while running in circles. They don't get it.
I actually feel sorry for the kids of illegals as I do for the kids of any criminal adult that is caught up in their parents' crime. But to ignore the huge detrimental impact on CA public schools of illegal kids because their parents, working at either very low paying jobs or even off the books in the underground economy, are leeching off taxpayers is almost criminally irrational.
Who do I have to bitch slap to just get their attention?
Posted by: Darleen on January 16, 2005 11:11 AM