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Friday, May 13, 2011

Education News

From the Stranger Slog comes news that UW has moved its in-state waitlist by 210 freshman students.  About 120 remain on the list while all other students currently on the list will be notified there isn't room for them in the 2011 autumn quarter. 

 Also from the Slog, well, look at that graduation rate in Wisconsin.  You know, the state where Governor Scott Walker said how bad their teachers are?  From the Wisconsin Education Association Council:

Wisconsin leads the nation with a 90.7 percent graduation rate according to the recently released report, “Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2008–09,” from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

They've been number one or two for the past 6 years. 

“This is the second year in a row that Wisconsin has led the nation in public high school graduation rates, and our rate is up more than one percentage point from the previous year,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “In fact, according to the NCES, over the past five years of this report, Wisconsin has been first or second in graduation rate, growing by four percentage points. 

The AFGR provides an estimate of the percentage of high school students who graduate on
time. The rate uses aggregate student enrollment data to estimate the size of an incoming freshman class and counts of the number of diplomas awarded 4 years later.

Washington comes in with a 73.7% graduation rate.   The lowest rate is in Mississippi at 62%.

And under the "You Go, Girl" category, kudos to sophomore Amy Myers in New Jersey who served a throwdown to Michelle Bachmann (not full text of letter):

Dear Representative Bachmann,

My name is Amy Myers. I am a Cherry Hill, New Jersey sophomore attending Cherry Hill High School East. As a typical high school student, I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted. The frequency and scope of these comments prompted me to write this letter.

Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education:

I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.

Hopefully, we will be able to meet for such an event, as it would prove to be enlightening.

Sincerely yours,
Amy Myers

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