Wednesday, May 14, 2008

El Jefe de Tulsa dice que esculelas necessito mucho dinero mas

Sorry about the broken and incoherent Espanol.

Mayor Kathy Taylor was quoted to say that she, "is sad that Tulsans do not appear ready to invest in education." But wait, we already give over $31 million per year to TCC from existing property taxes (OKC gives about $3 million a year to its community college). And we gave TCC another $8 million in Vision 2025 sales taxes. Not to mention what goes to OSU-Tulsa, NSU-Broken Arrow, OU-Tulsa, Langston-Tulsa, Tulsa Technology and all the public school districts in the county.

Where does the taxation for education end, Mayor Taylor?

Incredible tax increases over the years to fund our current system. And for our secondary and elementary education purposes, what did we get for our investment? An F according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

One national metric for performance does exist, the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The NAEP is a series of tests administered under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Known as the Nation’s Report Card, the NAEP tests measure proficiency in reading and math among 4th and 8th graders nationwide as well as in every state. The NAEP sets its proficiency standard through a well-established, if complex, technical process.

And Oklahoma is only one of three states to be given an F.
Three states—Georgia, Oklahoma, and Tennessee—expected so little of students that they received the grade of F. The state of Georgia, for instance, declared 88 percent of 8th graders proficient in reading, even though just 26 percent scored at or above the proficiency level on the NAEP.

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