Motor City Blues

How long have the Democrats been in charge of Detroit?  Answer:  Since 1962.  It’s no coincidence, then, these results reflect what one can expect from Democratic Party rule. 

From CNSnews.com, “Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math.”

(CNSNews.com) – In the Detroit public school district, 96 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in mathematics and 93 percent are not proficient in reading.

Detroit_Street_Art_No_YuppiesThat is according to the results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests published by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics.

Only 4 percent of Detroit public school eighth graders are proficient or better in math and only 7 percent in reading. This is despite the fact that in the 2011-2012 school year—the latest for which the Department of Education has reported the financial data—the Detroit public schools had “total expenditures” of $18,361 per student and “current expenditures” of $13,330 per student.

According to data published by the Detroit Public Schools, the school district’s operating expenses in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014 amounted to approximately $14,743 per student.

Now out on the “Left Coast”, The Press Democrat has this tidbit that might help Detroit solve its little grading problem, “Rohnert Park, Cotati schools rethink grading scale“.  Just change to scale.

A new grading scale that redefines what constitutes an “A” or an “F” is causing strife and confusion in the Cotati-Detroit_Abandoned_BuildingRohnert Park school district. Some teachers and officials say it lowers the bar for student success, while others say it encourages students to succeed.

The new system is called the equal interval scale. Essentially, it makes it harder to get a failing grade. It departs from the traditional A to F scale in which students receive F’s for scores below 59 percent. Instead, the scale awards F’s only for scores below 20 percent.

Daily Darwin – Weather Wins

Darwin notes, Mother Nature is a bitch.  He goes on to say, that if your genome is too stupid to come in from the weather, you’ll certainly be pounded into the ground.

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Natural selection deems that some individuals serve as a warning to others. Who are we to disagree? The next generation, ever and anon, is descended from the survivors

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New Trump Handler

I hear the “Donald” has a new right hand man in charge of his debate prep.  Folks in the know say this guy has really fired up Mr. Trump.  Something about turning Dr. Carson into second hand “chitlins”.

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**Chitterlings – sometimes spelled/pronounced chitlins or chittlins) are usually the small intestines of a pig, although the intestines of cattle and other animals are sometimes so named when used as a foodstuff.