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Stats that Stick: September 14, 2011

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September 14, 2011 07:12 pm


Students from middle-class schools that earn a college degree by 26: 28 percent

A new report, “Incomplete: How Middle-Class Schools Aren’t Making the Grade,” released this week shows that middle-class public schools educate the majority of U.S. students but pay lower teacher salaries, have larger class sizes and spend less per pupil than low-income and wealthy schools. It also found middle-class schools are underachieving. It pointed to their national and international test scores and noted that 28 percent of their graduates earn a college degree by age 26, compared to 17 percent for lower-income students and 47 percent for upper-income students.

Amount of money in President Obama’s jobs bill going to education: $25 billion

President Barack Obama has been traveling across the country to push for his $447 billion proposal to stimulate America’s suffering economy, complete with tax cuts and stimulus projects. As a part of the plan, Obama has set aside billions to be invested in renovating our nation’s schools to achieve two goals at once: modernizing American schools and putting construction workers back on the job. Obama is calling on Congress to pass the bill without delay.

Number of states whose curriculum makes no reference to 9/11, the war on terror, or terrorism: 14

A new study released this week in light of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shows that twenty states plus the District of Columbia mention the terrorist attacks but most don’t require that students learn more than a few key facts devoid of context. Of those that don’t directly mention Sept. 11, 14 states include some reference to terrorism or another key term related to the war on terror. And 14 states don’t include any reference to 9/11, the war on terror or terrorism. The study was conducted by Professors Jeremy Stoddard from the College of William & Mary and Diana Hess at the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Spencer Foundation. It was released by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tisch College at Tufts University.

America’s global rank in young adults holding college degrees: 16

America is falling in global ranks in regards to its college completion among young adults, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The study shows the United States has decreased from 12th to 16th in the share of adults ages 25 to 34 with college degrees. The analysis comes after President Obama aimed to increase the nation’s competitive spirit with a pledge to retake the lead by 2020. The United States comes behind South Korea, Canada and Japan, all nations that placed at the top.

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