But why are the results often mixed or uneven? Very simply, we do not pay kids enough money to create a really strong incentive to learn. While 00 may look like a huge sum for a high school student, it really is not that much in New york city. I dare any of you adult readers to prepare for and pass an AP exam in any of the subjects other than what you know professionally. You will see it is not easy, and certainly requires a lot of work. And you won’t do this for a 00 bucks.

Schools serving affluent communities are largely populated by students with good health care, proper nutrition, and safe, secure home environments. Cognitive and cultural enrichment are the norm.

So the question comes back to you, gentle reader. What have you done? What have you donated? Have you participated in a search committee for a local progressive candidate? Have you pounded the pavement campaigning for a genuine liberal? Have you attended town hall meetings and brought scientific evidence with you to ask difficult questions of the candidates? Have you written your senator? Have you written the president? Have you participated in a boycott of a company that defrauded America? Have you joined the Occupiers?

They could have just said this: we will make everyone suffer and your children will forfeit their visit from Santa until you give us adults more money.

Rhode Island can use up to million dollars to achieve their plans. Each states applications and plans can be found on the governments website. Rhode Island’s application is 377 long pages of a lot of detailed information on their plans to help the state achieve a level of education reform that it could have never expected without this money.

This refusal to help a fellow Republican needs to be exposed. GOP voters need understand that party weakness in Illinois is a function of the large numbers of “Patronage Republicans,” who have split the party between “tax, borrow and spend” patronage seekers, and the productive citizens that must pay for their pet projects.

Teaching is a noble profession. There is no other job like it in the world. There are some great teachers who work in great schools that will change the face of education in this country despite the odds.

Yes, the situation is miserable, no matter what area you live in. So it’s no surprise that the reports out of North Carolina are not good. The number of dropouts is increasing even faster than previously thought, with the number of dropouts during the 2006-2007 school year the highest in seven years.