Public education is broken?

Political fodder indeed.

North Carolina’s high school graduation rate continued to rise to record levels, sparking praise for educators and providing political fodder for the state’s ongoing education-funding debate. Figures released Thursday show that 82.5 percent of the state’s public high school students graduated this year in four years, up from 80.4 percent in 2012. The state’s graduation rate has risen by 14.2 percentage points during the past seven years.

Don't you just know that the GOP will be claiming credit for all this success.


Here they go:

Of course, you won't see anything about the importance of pre-k (which Democrats started pushing hard back in the 1990's), or how teacher assistants helped children in the earlier grades remain focused, or how performance-based teacher pay (which has yet to be implemented) played absolutely no role in graduation rate increases, or any number of other common-sense observations about this trend.

The fact is, the graduation success is happening in spite of cuts to education, and will probably start to reverse sometime in the near future. But knowing our luck, that probably won't begin to show until after we boot out the Republicans, at which time they'll have another misleading statistic to flog.

McCrory's school of lies

DAG McCrony claims all of government is "broken", and then today he tweets up a storm taking credit for the educational system that the Dems built that he is tearing down.

What a waste of protoplasm.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014