California Is Blueprint For What Not To Do In Education
March 24, 2000
Education specialists point to California as one of the worst examples of how to manage public pre-college-level education. Moreover, Los Angeles stands out as one of the most blunder-prone school districts in the state.
Critics chalk up its sorry record to the dominance of education bureaucrats and teachers' unions. Consider the following:
- The Los Angeles Unified School District built a $200 million school on an old oil field with considerable natural gas emissions -- with the result that the facility is totally useless.
- Almost 50 percent of students for the 1999-2000 school year were socially promoted -- meaning that they were sent up to the next grade regardless of how badly they were performing.
- Small wonder, critics say, that in the California State University system -- which takes the top 30 percent of the state's high school graduates -- 54 percent of freshmen need remedial math and 47 percent need remedial English.
- The percentages are much higher at some campuses -- including Los Angeles.
Critics charge that California's educational establishment has abandoned expectations of achievement among those it is responsible for educating. One result is that the state's high-tech companies must retrain California's college graduates or look elsewhere for employees capable of quality work.
Source: Sally Pipes (Pacific Research Institute), "Real School Choices on California Ballot Offer a Litmus Test for Gore and Bush," Investor's Business Daily, March 24, 2000.
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