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Stats that Stick: February 29, 2012

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February 29, 2012 07:37 pm

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Estimated number of people in the United States born on Leap Day (February 29th): 205,000.

Every four years is a leap year. Leap years add one extra day to February due to an astronomical fact that the earth’s revolution around the sun equals 365.25 days not 365.00 like the Gregorian calendar follows. The probability of a leap day birthday is 1/1461, therefore, a leap day birthday on February 29 is the least probable of all birthdays. This means that less than 0.07% of the world’s population was born on a leap day.

Percent of teachers in the United States who are African-American men: <2.

The U.S. Department of Education estimates that less than two percent of America’s teachers are Black men. In the video story, CNN discusses the issue of why Black male teachers are becoming extinct with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, educational scholars, and current teachers.

Number of states that offer online public schools: 30.

The popularity of online public schools is increasing, along with its availability. Full-time public cyber schools are now an option in 30 states, allowing approximately 250,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade to press buttons to raise their hands and message their teachers. However, many questions still remain about the quality of K12 education provided online.

Number of violent deaths reported in the 2009-2010 school year: 33.

Violent crime in schools around the country has declined and students and schools are reporting less bullying and gang activity according to a new government data report. The number of violent deaths declined to 33 in the 2009-10 school year, the lowest number on record since the agencies began collecting data in 1992. However, the report notes an increase in cyber bullying and youth suicides.

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