According to a report by CBS New York, 80 pecent of NYC public school graduates had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math--before they could begin college courses.
I don't know what the rate is in Ohio, but my post-high school teaching experience tells me it has to be very significant. Recently, the Ohio Board of Regents has relegated remedial classes to community colleges, but institutions like the University of Toledo, which no longer has a community college, continues to accept unprepared students; and thus, its retention rate suffers.
As taxpayers, we pay for 12 years of public education; and then we subsidize remedial college classes. Where's the burden of responsibility for these students and their parents? Here's an idea--if you didn't bother to prepare for college--you can't get in. It's a throwback to "anyone can achieve whatever they want." We forget to include the "if you put the necessary energy, preparation, and effort into it" part.
NYC public schools demographics show that when all 5 Burroughs are counted, 70 percent of the students are black or Hispanic. In the Bronx, 90 percent of the students fall into that category. Even though most of them can't read or write, thank god that Michelle Obama is focusing on having them eat vegetables for lunch.
Here we go, folks! Probably not well paying union jobs with benefits, either.
In the union versus Hostess saga, the bankruptcy court demanded that the two parties tried one more time for a settlement that would keep the company from being liquidated. It was announced tonight that the mediation failed to produce a new labor agreement and that Hostess would proceed with liquidation.
So, no need to feel sorry for the union workers--they had more than one chance to save their jobs and the company, but chose not to.
The union's contention that the company has been seriously mismanaged does have a sliver of truth. Any company who previously agreed to give unskilled union workers exceptional wages and benefits can certainly be accused of being incompetent. As far as the complaints about management getting raises and bonuses, here's a concept that union members don't seem to grasp. Managers have education, skills, experience, and motivation that people performing menial and repetitive activities don't possess.
I like a Twinkie every once and awhile (did you know that they now have Twinkies with chocolate creme filling). But I'd be happy to forego the future opportunity for the sponge cake treat if Hostess sticks by its warning that it will begin to liquidate the company if striking union members don't return to work by the evening of November 15.
The company negotiated a new contract with the Teamsters, but the Grain Millers union launched a strike last week to protest a labor deal implemented during its bankcruptcy which contained cuts in wages and benefits. The strike (which includes the facility in Northwood, Ohio) has already resulted in the closing of three Hostess factories.
The liquidation of Hostess would result in the loss of 18,000 jobs.
I'm hoping that the company stands by its position to liquidate. Unskilled workers need to get a clue that they're a dime a dozen and in this Obama-tainted economy (their union dues helped to pay for Obama Part II) they should feel lucky to have a job.
Business executives have the education, skills, and experience to find other jobs. The laborers are the ones who are striking their way right out of an income.
Having grown up in a union household and personally witnessed how unions operate I am not shocked at all to see that this occured.
This really puts the feigned outrage over the Citizens United decision into perspective.
Nissan's new hires are $12-per-hour workers who are temporary for 5 years
Quote from Article:
TRAVERSE CITY -- About half the 1,000 new employees Nissan is adding in Canton, Miss., have been hired, but they are contract workers earning about $12 an hour and they won't become full-time Nissan employees for five years, said Bill Krueger, Nissan North America senior vice president in charge of manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain management.
Taxpayer Dollars Uesd to fund Disney-like planned community--complete with Chevy volts (well, they did sucker a few people into buying one)!
Remember going to Disney World's "Tomorowland"? You know--the place that predicted that robots would do our house cleaning and cars would fly?
Well, you'll be happy to know that there's a 700-acre planned community that is being developed in Texas that will feature "smart homes" and electric vehicles. How much prouder can taxpayers be that General Motors, a company that the government gave billions of our dollars to bailout, became an official participant in this "green community" by offering 100 Chevy Volts for purchase or lease. Only 55 residents took Chevy up on the offer! It seems that even "green-minded" people aren't interested in buying Volts.
Normally I would have included this as a comment in one of the posts related to the Wisconsin recall. But seeing as how one of our more "esteemed" posters fancies Jon Stewart video clips, a separate story just seemed more appropriate.
A marriage (match) made in heaven; the Democratic National Committee and Charlotte, North Carolina.
For those who may not have been aware, even after Tuesday, the Democrats will be holding their quadrennial get together in Charlotte during the first week of September. So what made, and still makes, Charlotte such an appealing location that it was chosen over the other finalist cities of Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis?
Could it have been...
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CPAC Protestors Admit to Being Paid by Union--UPDATE! AFL-CIO President lies about paying Protestors (Click on "Read More")
Over 1,600 UAW members will attend the National Community Action Program Legislative Conference this week in Washington, D.C. The UAW's website describes the conference as an opportunity to "discuss the union's legislative and political priorities for the coming year, meet with members of Congress to advocate on behalf of working families and prepare for the union's 2012 electoral campaign." One gets a pretty good idea of the UAW's "political priorities" by the list of scheduled speakers including President Obama, Barney Frank, and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.
It looks like Indiana has started a trend by becoming a right-to-work state. Now Minnesota residents have indicated--by a 2 to 1 margin--that they are interested in adopting that position. It seems that people are becoming tired of union bullying, protecting ineffective workers, and using millions of dollars of union dues to support liberal politicians who--like Marcy Kaptur--only focus their efforts on union workers.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) reinforces that there is hope that this Country will return to its founding principles of freedom of religion; government of, for, and by the people; strong families; and everyone has the ability--through hard work--to become successful. It was jut announced in the opening session that over 10,000 people are attending CPAC. The mood is positive--the love for our Country is strong--and the march toward ousting Obama is advancing. We've heard about how the Occupiers are threatening physical harm on us--class act.
The UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust announced that it has net assets of $58.8 billion and total benefit obligations of $79 billion--putting it $20.2 billion in the hole. Trust officials anticipate that will result in higher costs for UAW retirees. I smell another Obama bailout!
In the same week that saw the NAA(L)CP petition the United Nations to intervene in state voter ID laws and our derelict Attorney General going to Texas to add his subsidized two cents on the issue, we are given this fantastic photo.
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