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  • Snort McDork (1556 posts)
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    States with Best (and worst) Schools

    Few concerns facing the United States — or any nation — are more important than ensuring children receive a first-rate education. At her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos answered questions about school proficiency. Policymakers and observers disagree as to how to spend public education funds and how exactly schools should be improved. At the very least, however, most agree that school proficiency must be measured.

    The nation’s education system has remained steady through poor economic times as well as policy changes. But steady is not enough and there remains considerable room for improvement.

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/states-best-worst-schools-110056666.html

    This begs the question, “is our kids learning?”

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  • Hobbit709 (1544 posts)
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    1. TX is #40? WTF? How did they get that high?

    I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
  • NVBirdlady (3774 posts)
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    2. NV #50 – no surprise here.

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    • Enlightenment (715 posts)
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      5. And the Nevada Board of Regents want to make sure

      that extends to higher ed. Apparently, they want to remove a line in the rule book that says ‘students are expected to go to class.’

      Really. One of them made the comment that there was ‘small value’ in attending class.

      While attending college.

      The line was left in on a split vote, but they’ve vowed to bring it up again next month because student’s going to class?? How foolish.

      • NVBirdlady (3774 posts)
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        6. Holy crap! Then why bother to keep the schools open.

        I didn’t see that one.

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        • Enlightenment (715 posts)
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          7. I don't think it was in the news –

          but was reported by folks who were at the BOR meeting day before yesterday.

          • NVBirdlady (3774 posts)
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            8. I didn't see it in the news at all. I'm going to look further.

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            • Enlightenment (715 posts)
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              9. It wouldn't be.

              The shenanigans of the Board of Regents rarely makes the news. You could try looking up the minutes from the last meeting, but given that they didn’t end up removing the existing line (that suggest students should go to class), it’s possible that it’s not in the minutes. I’ve noticed that they don’t always put everything they talk about in the minutes.

              I don’t think the latest minutes are posted yet, though.

              http://system.nevada.edu/Nshe/index.cfm/administration/board-of-regents/meeting-minutes/

              • NVBirdlady (3774 posts)
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                10. I know it is rarely reported on, and minutes always take a long time to

                post. Just look at the Legislative website as an example. Thanks for the link I’ll watch for it. Do they record these meetings? At least at the Legislature, you can go back and watch the meetings even though the minutes may not be available for a while.

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                • Enlightenment (715 posts)
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                  11. I think so –

                  I know they are available to watch because of open meeting laws, so I’d think they save them. Whether or not they are available after the fact, I don’t know.

                  • NVBirdlady (3774 posts)
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                    12. I'll do some research to see what I can find. Thanks for the heads up.

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  • Manny Goldstein (1655 posts)
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    3. Mass is #1, of course •ᴗ•

    By why do we get only a B? When MA is counted as a country in international tests, it domes in 3rd or so, just a tiny bit behind a couple of small Asian countries (Singapore and Taiwan?)

    What’s infuriating is that nobody ever says “hey, let’s study what Mass does and do it in other states“. Instead they study Finland (our schools perform significantly better), invent brand-news systems that usually end up not working (e.g., Race to the Bottom), etc.

    • Snort McDork (1556 posts)
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      4. NM #48. No Surprise there either.

      But I’m perplexed beyond perplexities that my state of Oregon is 39. A bit of a shock.