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Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Spain: Rights at Risk in Housing Crisis | Human Rights Watch

Spain: Rights at Risk in Housing Crisis | Human Rights Watch



(Madrid) – The Spanish government has taken insufficient action to alleviate the impact of the housing and debt crisis in Spain on vulnerable groups, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Tens of thousands of families have faced, or are currently facing, foreclosure on homes they bought at the height of Spain’s economic boom, when irresponsible lending made mortgages easy to come by.

The 81-page report, “Shattered Dreams: Impact of Spain’s Housing Crisis on Vulnerable Groups,” documents the hardships faced by families who lose their homes after defaulting on mortgage payments amid Spain’s economic recession and massive unemployment. The report is based on in-depth interviews with 44 women and men who have experienced or were facing eviction, civil society organizations, and government officials. Immigrants, women who head households or are victims of economic abuse from a former partner, and children are among the affected groups, Human Rights Watch found.

“The dream of owning one’s own home has turned into a nightmare of foreclosures, evictions, and over-indebtedness,” said Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher and author of the report. “But it’s not simply a question of crushed aspirations. It’s about government responsibilities to guarantee basic human rights, including the right to adequate housing.”

Spain’s social crisis around evictions and debt is set against the backdrop of a decades-long history of government policies aggressively promoting home ownership and borrowing at the expense of ensuring an appropriate and affordable stock of rental housing and sufficient investment in rental public housing. Irresponsible lending, unfair terms in mortgage contracts – such as exorbitant default interest rates – unscrupulous behavior by intermediaries, and the lack of oversight during the boom economic years created a perfect toxic storm whose consequences may be felt for years to come, Human Rights Watch said.

The economic crisis in Spain, with over 5 million unemployed, hit homeowners particularly hard. Spain has one of the highest rates of home ownership in the European Union – as high as 85 percent – and only 2 percent of the total housing stock is devoted to public or subsidized, rental housing. The recession in Spain followed a construction boom from 1997 to 2007, during which more houses were built in Spain than in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined, and real estate and construction constituted as much as 43 percent of the nation’s GDP.
Daniela, an unemployed single mother, was evicted in May 2011 for defaulting on her mortgage payments. Her oldest son, now 14, started having trouble at school when they faced foreclosure and eviction. “He knew everything,” she said. “The school recommended he see a psychologist.” She also went into therapy and took prescription medicine: “I felt like I was in a black hole. But I have to have the strength to keep going. I have three kids, I don’t have the luxury of being depressed.”

Spanish authorities need to adopt measures to help a broader range of individuals and families avoid evictions, secure affordable housing, and ensure access to fair debt restructuring, relief, and cancellation, Human Rights Watch said. The government should move quickly to reform Spain’s bankruptcy law to provide a fair, accessible pathway to discharging debt. The European Commission should ensure that Spain correctly puts into effect a recent EU directive on mortgages.

Under international law, the right to adequate housing is a component of the right to an adequate standard of living. The right to adequate housing does not include a right to own property, or to retain ownership under any circumstances. It does, however, impose on governments obligations to ensure that policies and legislation progressively realize the right to adequate housing – for all segments of society – as expeditiously as possible. Affordability is a key aspect of this obligation.

In response to significant public pressure, including by the grass-roots organization Platform of Mortgage Victims, in November 2012, the Spanish government adopted a two-year moratorium on evictions for certain families. The eligibility criteria were slightly broadened in May 2013, but remain too narrow and in some cases conflict with international law. For example, only families with three or more children, one-parent families with two or more children, and two-parent families with a child age 3 or younger may benefit from the moratorium. Under international law, anyone under 18 is considered a child, entitled to the rights and protections laid out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, including the right to shelter.

“A three-year-old’s family can stay in their home, but a four-year-old’s can’t,” Sunderland said. “The distinction is purely arbitrary and the government needs to have better and more rational and fairer rules.”

An estimated one-third of those affected by the mortgage crisis are immigrants, well out of proportion to their share of the population. Many, particularly in the Ecuadoran community, were caught up in so-called crossed mortgages, in which two buyers guaranteed each other’s loans, and chain mortgages, in which the banks linked together a string of people, often strangers, guaranteeing each other’s mortgages. In these situations, if one person defaults on their mortgage, it can produce a chain reaction because of the others’ liability as guarantors.

Women heads of household face greater challenges because of their relatively greater income instability, lower wages on average, and greater child care responsibilities. Women still tied through their mortgage to hostile former partners may face what amounts to economic abuse – a form of domestic violence not yet recognized in Spanish law – in which the men refuse to collaborate in negotiating with the bank. The impact of housing insecurity on children is deeply worrying. The government has failed to consider adequately the impact on these groups when drawing up policies.

The mortgage crisis in Spain has pushed individuals and families into over-indebtedness because in the vast majority of cases, home repossession by the bank eliminates only a part of the debt. This, combined with the lack of an accessible personal bankruptcy procedure in Spain, leaves many saddled with significant debt they have no reasonable prospect to repay or cancel. Over-indebtedness can have a deeply negative impact on fundamental rights such as the right to an adequate standard of living. Measures taken so far by the government to alleviate the mortgage debt overhang are insufficient, Human Rights Watch said.

“It’s almost impossible for ordinary people to declare bankruptcy in Spain, meaning overwhelming debt will hound them to the grave,” Sunderland said. “People living with extreme levels of debt should have a fair chance at a fresh start.”
Human Rights Watch wrote to eleven banks operating in Spain for their positions on issues tackled in the report. The views of the seven banks that replied are reflected in the report. Banks have responded to the mortgage crisis in various ways. The majority have signed on to a voluntary code of good practices promoted by the government, and banks have turned over just under 6,000 properties to a Social Housing Fund set up to give evicted families places to live at affordable rents. Restrictive criteria, the poor quality of the units banks have made available, and the fact that in many instances, people would have to move far from their neighborhood and social networks, have undermined this initiative. Just a few days ago, the Fund broadened its eligibility criteria, including allowing all families with children, regardless of their age, to apply.

“Governments should be judged on how they manage the human fallout of the economic crisis, not just on macroeconomic indicators,” Sunderland said. “The Spanish government needs to take a hard look at its policies, and take into account a broader range of people facing social exclusion due to mortgage defaults.”

Friday, May 30, 2014

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1 in 6 American Men Between Ages 25-54 Are Not Working | The Weekly Standard

1 in 6 American Men Between Ages 25-54 Are Not Working | The Weekly Standard



"There are currently 61.1 million American men in their prime working years, age 25–54. A staggering 1 in 8 such men are not in the labor force at all, meaning they are neither working nor looking for work. This is an all-time high dating back to when records were first kept in 1955. An additional 2.9 million men are in the labor force but not employed (i.e., they would work if they could find a job). A total of 10.2 million individuals in this cohort, therefore, are not holding jobs in the U.S. economy today. There are also nearly 3 million more men in this age group not working today than there were before the recession began," the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee claim.

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Big Labor's VA Choke Hold - Linkis.com

Big Labor's VA Choke Hold - Linkis.com



Big Labor's VA Choke Hold How Democrats put their union allies before the well-being of veterans. By Kimberley A. Strassel May 29, 2014

We know with certainty that there is at least one person the Department of Veterans Affairs is serving well. That would be the president of local lodge 1798 of the National Federation of Federal Employees.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority, the agency that mediates federal labor disputes, earlier this month ruled in favor of this union president, in a dispute over whether she need bother to show up at her workplace—the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. According to FLRA documents, this particular VA employee is 100% "official time"—D.C. parlance for federal employees who work every hour of every work day for their union, at the taxpayer's expense.

In April 2012, this, ahem, VA "employee" broke her ankle and declared that she now wanted to do her nonwork for the VA entirely from the comfort of her home. Veterans Affairs attempted a compromise: Perhaps she could, pretty please, come in two days a week? She refused, and complained to the FLRA that the VA was interfering with her right to act as a union official. The VA failed to respond to the complaint in the required time (perhaps too busy caring for actual veterans) and so the union boss summarily won her case.

The VA battle is only just starting, but any real reform inevitably ends with a fight over organized labor. Think of it as the federal version of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and other states where elected officials have attempted to rein in the public-sector unions that have hijacked government agencies for their own purpose. Fixing the VA requires first breaking labor's grip, and the unions are already girding for that fight.

La pena de muerte no intimida a la mujer cristiana condenada en Sudán – CNN en Español: Ultimas Noticias de Estados Unidos, Latinoamérica y el Mundo, Opinión y Videos - CNN.com Blogs

La pena de muerte no intimida a la mujer cristiana condenada en Sudán – CNN en Español: Ultimas Noticias de Estados Unidos, Latinoamérica y el Mundo, Opinión y Videos - CNN.com Blogs



JARTUM, Sudán (CNN) — No es probable que la sudanesa cristiana a la que sentenciaron a muerte por rehusarse a renegar del cristianismo cambie de opinión, dice su esposo.

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Main/Full-Frontal Assault - Television Tropes & Idioms

Main/Full-Frontal Assault - Television Tropes & Idioms



  • And in the Wolverine comic Get Mystique, the titular shapeshifter morphs away her clothes for no apparent reason before loading up with heavy weaponry and going into the final battle wearing an ammo belt and a Slasher Smile.

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (DutchHet Meisje met de Parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and, as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. It has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis gallery in The Haguesince 1902.




Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Revolution Season 3: NBC Show Canceled But Petition for Renewal Gets Over 30,000 Signatures

Revolution Season 3: NBC Show Canceled But Petition for Renewal Gets Over 30,000 Signatures



Revolution was canceled by NBC at the end of season 2 but fans of the show aren’t giving up without a fight.
A petition started by one is aimed at other television networks, requesting that one of them pick up the sci-fi program.


Egypt: El-Sissi wins election by landslide - Yahoo News

Egypt: El-Sissi wins election by landslide - Yahoo News



CAIRO (AP) — With nearly all votes counted, Egypt's former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent with more than 92 percent of the votes, according to results announced by his campaign early Thursday.
The campaign of retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he won 23.38 million votes, with left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi taking 735,285. Invalid votes were 1.07 million, or nearly 350,000 more than the number of votes for the 59-year-old Sabahi.
El-Sissi's win was never in doubt, but the career infantry officer, also 59, had hoped for a strong turnout to bestow legitimacy on his ouster last July of Egypt's first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.
However, el-Sissi's campaign said turnout nationwide was around 44 percent, even after voting was extended for a third day Wednesday — well below the nearly 52 percent turnout in the June 2012 election won by Morsi.
In his final campaign TV interview last week, el-Sissi set the bar even higher, saying he wanted more than 40 million voters — there are nearly 54 million registered voters — to cast ballots to "show the world" the extent of his popular backing.
El-Sissi supporters held all-night celebrations in Cairo, with several thousands gathered at the central Tahrir square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They waved Egyptian flags, el-Sissi posters and danced. There were similar celebrations in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and a string of other cities north of the capital and in the Oasis province of Fayoum southwest of Cairo.
Critics said the lack of enthusiasm at the polls was in part due to apathy among even el-Sissi supporters, knowing that his victory was a foregone conclusion. Others said it showed discontent with el-Sissi, not just among his Islamist foes but also among a broader section of the public that believes he has no concrete plans for Egypt's woes and fears he will return Egypt to the autocratic ways of Hosni Mubarak.
The tepid turnout was particularly embarrassing because the government and media had been whipping up adulation for el-Sissi over the past 10 months, depicting him as a warrior against terrorism and the only person able to tackle Egypt's economic problems, high unemployment, inflation and instability.
El-Sissi's supporters in the Egyptian media have been in a panic the past two days. Political talk show hosts and newscasters urged people to vote, warning that otherwise the Brotherhood will be encouraged to step up its challenge to the new government.
Prominent TV talk show host Amr Adeeb angrily said that by not voting, Egyptians might as well "go directly to the prison and return Mohammed Morsi to power."
"Tell him, 'Your excellency, President Mohammed Morsi, please come out and rule us,'" he said.
The abrupt decision by the election commission to add another day of voting Wednesday raised complaints that authorities were tipping the playing field in el-Sissi's favor.
U.S.-based Democracy International, which had been observing the vote, said the extension "raises more questions about the independence of the election commission, the impartiality of the government, and the integrity of Egypt's electoral process."
It said its observer teams outside of Cairo had ended their mission as scheduled on Tuesday. Some other international monitoring teams also left the country, since they had only planned for two days of voting, though EU monitors stayed on.
Sabahi, el-Sissi's only opponent in the race, protested the extension, saying it aimed to "distort" the will of the people. His campaign pulled its representatives from polling stations Wednesday in protest against what it called a campaign of intimidation and arrests of its campaign workers. He, however, refused to bow to pressure from his camp to withdraw in protest, arguing that staying in the race qualifies him to "fight future battles."
Sabahi's spokesman, Hossam Moenis, told ONTV network that a member of the campaign has been referred to a military tribunal.
"We are digging a channel for democracy ... in the face of an undemocratic project," he said. "The same mentality that we thought we managed to topple on Jan. 25, is back and ruling," — a reference to the start of the 18-day, anti-Mubarak uprising in 2011.
Only a handful of voters, or none at all, were at polling centers in multiple districts toured by Associated Press reporters Wednesday. At some, music played and kids painted Egyptian flags or el-Sissi's name on their faces as the occasional voter drifted in. TV images beamed from more than a dozen locations across Egypt showed similar scenes.
"People are lazy, depressed or frustrated. They knew what the result will be even before the vote," said Amani Fikry, a manager in a privately-owned company. "They are exhausted from three years of constant troubles."
In Cairo's Sayeda Zeinab district, loudspeakers played patriotic songs at an empty polling center. Two el-Sissi backers scribbled words of support on posters of the candidate that had been defaced with insulting graffiti.
"Sissi doesn't need a program," said one, Mohammed Hussein. "We just want security."
Morsi's Brotherhood supporters and other Islamists boycotted the vote and scattered protests by Morsi supporters were quickly dispersed by security forces.
In Fayoum, the province southwest of Cairo, riot police fired tear gas after protesters hurled stones and fire cracks while marching and chanting slogans against elections.
Along with Islamists, some of the youths who took part in the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak either stayed away from the polls or supported Sabahi.
"Where are the youth? What do they want? Do they want to destroy Egypt?" Said Sayyed, a laundry worker in his 70s, said of the boycott.

Watch Veteran Montel Williams’ Blistering Takedown of Obama: ‘The President Just Promised $5 Billion for Terrorists Around the World…’ | RedFlagNews.com

Watch Veteran Montel Williams’ Blistering Takedown of Obama: ‘The President Just Promised $5 Billion for Terrorists Around the World…’ | RedFlagNews.com



(by Jason Howerton, TheBlaze) -- Talk show host and military veteran Montel Williams went after President Barack Obama on Wednesday for not using his West Point speech as an opportunity to apologize to members of the U.S. military for having “dropped the ball on the veterans’ health.”
“The president just promised $5 billion for terrorists around the world?! At West Point?!” Williams said angrily. “Where he could have used the day to say, ‘I’m sorry for the pain that I’ve caused you, the families, and I’m gonna fix it today!’”
Williams then called for a “#VASurge” campaign to make sure there is enough funding to adequately address the health concerns of military veterans.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Step Toward Liberating Electronic Devices From Their Power Cords - Slashdot

Step Toward Liberating Electronic Devices From Their Power Cords - Slashdot



Science_afficionado (932920) writes"A new type of supercapacitor that can hold a charge when it takes a lickin' has been developed by engineers at Vanderbilt University. It is the first 'multi-functional' energy storage device that can operate while subject to realistic static and dynamic loads — advancing the day when everything from cell phones to electric vehicles will no longer need separate batteries. These devices could make it possible to design electrical devices that are not limited by plugs and external power sources."



New Education Department rules help elite college students at the expense of poor and minorities | WashingtonExaminer.com

New Education Department rules help elite college students at the expense of poor and minorities | WashingtonExaminer.com



The message from this administration couldn’t be clearer. If you want to attend an elite professional school, you could end up having tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt forgiven by your school — and the federal government. But if you’re a struggling African-American single mother relying on a certificate program at a for-profit school or a community college, and you like your current educational plan — under this administration, you have about as much chance of keeping it as you do your health plan.
This disparity in the way the administration treats different methods of higher education ranks high on the snob scale -- but it isn't just mere liberal elitism. It is tantamount to redlining educational opportunities for low-income and minority youths. The first programs to disappear under the “gainful employment” regulations will be the ones that try to give Americans their first rung on the higher education and career ladders. As we've just seen, elite law schools are doing fine -- it's certificate and two-year degree programs that would be hardest-hit.

New Education Department rules help elite college students at the expense of poor and minorities | WashingtonExaminer.com

New Education Department rules help elite college students at the expense of poor and minorities | WashingtonExaminer.com



You have to hand it to President Obama: He sure does do a good job of socking it to the folks he claims to be helping.
Tuesday marked the end of the comment period on the Education Department's proposed new “gainful employment” regulations. While the administration says it wants to expand educational opportunities, the proposed rules would target community colleges and for-profit colleges -- institutions that educate disproportionately poorminority, and working-class Americans.
But even as the administration imposes new burdens on schools educating non-traditional students, the Education Department would exempt all four-year colleges from the new rules. It creates a very simple bottom line: The proposed regulations will discourage these non-traditional schools from taking chances on students, and programs, that many elite schools wouldn’t even bother considering in the first place.

Formal ICT apprenticeship programs: Why not in the USA? | GoCertify

Formal ICT apprenticeship programs: Why not in the USA? | GoCertify



Could info tech apprenticeships enhance technology education (and build a better tech workforce) in the United States?
“On April 16, 2014, the President and Vice President announced new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. Employers, unions, and foundations are joining these efforts with new commitments to support job-driven training.”[1]
The decision of the President and Vice President as outlined above makes a great deal of sense if we can successfully “connect the dots.” From the perspective of a full-time faculty member at one of the 112 colleges in California’s community college system, a “dot” that needs to be connected in order for this effort to succeed is the relationship between the nation’s community colleges and key industry participants that can together create learning paths that can effectively achieve the characteristics of “apprenticeship programs.”
Research time spent attempting to tie “apprenticeship programs” in the United States to “information and communication technologies (ICT),” left me wondering why my efforts were less than stellar. The disappointment was justified as I widened my research with a global lens, finding a number of programs carrying the “apprenticeship” label, where companies that have their roots here in the United States have created programs in foreign countries, designed to support job-driven training.
Examples include IBM, with its United Kingdom operation supporting an apprenticeship program that appears directed at “school-leavers.” In attracting “leavers,” IBM’s message on its website is:
Whether you’re taking a gap year out before heading off to university or you’ve decided that university isn’t for you, our school leaver programmes will enable you to jump straight into the world of work and gain the experience, skills and contacts you need to bring to life the smartest solutions to the toughest challenges.
In return, we’ll give you everything you need to build the career you want. But it’s up to you how it goes. You’ll be the one in charge, putting forward ideas, taking on responsibilities and making choices about how you get the job done.
So what are you waiting for?[2]
As part of this program IBM has developed a structured apprenticeship pathway that includes a three-year commitment. Participants are given the opportunity to continue their learning to achieve the Advanced Apprenticeship for IT Professionals qualification in the first 18 months, leading up to Higher Apprenticeship qualifications that focus on either technical or business areas.[3]
Technical apprentices can achieve qualifications consisting of:
  • Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence and in ICT Systems & Principles.
  • Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals and in Computing & Systems Development.
Business apprentices can achieve qualifications consisting of:
  • Level 3 & 4 Diplomas in Business & Administration,
  • A Certificate in Principles of Business & Administration.
While not as comprehensive, Dell has developed another apprenticeship program. In partnership with the Malaysian government, Dell has an eight (8) month program. Areas of study include technical writing, business presentations, IT essentials, Internetworking, and operating system training.[4]
Last year, Cisco Systems joined this group of USA based companies, announcing its “validated apprentice programmes in the UK, in an evening event that will feature attendees from partners including Pearson, reseller Partners and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).”[5]
Efforts in the United States appear more directed towards internships, selecting students from the nation’s colleges and universities for potential internships. Intel, for example, with its web based “United States Student Center,” identifies opportunities for college students or those who have graduated within the past 18 months.[6]
Evidence suggests that in order for the term “job-driven training” to have the sort of meaning the President and the Vice President desire, key participants like the nation’s community colleges and ICT industry giants like Cisco, IBM, Dell, Intel and Microsoft, need to work together, developing and promoting structured apprenticeship programs like those identified above. From the perspective of a career and technical education faculty member, I’d appreciate the challenge of assisting in program development designed to provide my students with a head start in their ICT related careers.

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Sir Christopher Lee Is Releasing A Metal Album To Celebrate His 92nd Birthday | Metal Injection

Sir Christopher Lee Is Releasing A Metal Album To Celebrate His 92nd Birthday | Metal Injection



Sir Christopher Lee is, without a doubt, the most metal nonagenarian on the planet. In truth, the fact that he's pushing 92 and releasing an EPs worth of heavy metal tunes to commemorate his birthday (May 27th)  means he's almost certainly more metal than you. 

BEHEMOTH Have Been Kicked Out of Russia | Metal Injection

BEHEMOTH Have Been Kicked Out of Russia | Metal Injection



The remainder of the band's "Russian Satanist" tour has been cancelled and after spending a night in jail, the band have been ordered to leave Russia within a reasonable amount of time. When asked what the conditions in the jail were like, Nergal said:
"It was a very small room and the walls were smeared with feces. At night, we asked to be taken to the toilet but our request was denied for some reason. So we had to use plastic bottles instead."
So basically it was like touring in a van. Additionally, the band was fined 2,000 rubles, which is about $60. The band hopes to one day return to Russia for a proper tour.

BEHEMOTH Have Been Kicked Out of Russia | Metal Injection

BEHEMOTH Have Been Kicked Out of Russia | Metal Injection



So basically it was like touring in a van. Additionally, the band was fined 2,000 rubles, which is about $60. The band hopes to one day return to Russia for a proper tour.

Phil Labonte Says All That Remains Are “Not The Cool Band Anymore”, Vents On Tom Morello (Updated) | Theprp.com – Metal, Hardcore And Rock News, Reviews And More



Phil Labonte Says All That Remains Are “Not The Cool Band Anymore”, Vents On Tom Morello (Updated) | Theprp.com – Metal, Hardcore And Rock News, Reviews And More




All That Remains singer Phil Labonte is many things, including an outspoken libertarian and gun enthusiast.

San Francisco Liberals Outlaw Storing Items in Your Own Garage | American Overlook

San Francisco Liberals Outlaw Storing Items in Your Own Garage | American Overlook



How far will the government go to infringe on your rights?
In San Francisco, residents aren’t even allowed to store their own belongings in their home.
Residents of the liberal city are banned from using their garage to store any personal property other than a vehicle. Chapter Six of the San Francisco Housing Code states, “Private and public storage garages in apartment houses and hotels shall be used only for storage of automobiles.” Those who violate the law can be slapped with a $500 fine.
So, every time San Francisco residents store their bikes, tools, lawn mowers and other items in their garage, they are breaking the law.
What ever happened to property rights?
Could this happen in your area?


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Education Spending Is Up, Test Scores Aren’t. Who’s to Blame? | The Conservative Papers

Education Spending Is Up, Test Scores Aren’t. Who’s to Blame? | The Conservative Papers



The U.S. Department of Education recently released the 2013 results of math and reading achievement for 12th graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. It’s hard to say what’s been achieved.
According to the NAEP—a standardized test often referred to as the nation’s “report card”—just 26 percent of the country’s 12th graders are proficient in math. Only 38 percent are proficient in reading. Those numbers are entirely unchanged since 2009, when the NAEP was last administered.
Notably, reading achievement was significantly higher overall in 1992 when the NAEP exam was first administered in reading. Forty percent of students were proficient in reading in 1992. The new NAEP scores confirm the outcomes found on the NAEP long-term-trend assessment, which has assessed reading achievement since 1971 and math achievement since 1973. Twelfth graders today perform no better in reading than high school seniors of the early 1970s.
The new NAEP study also revealed worrisome increases in achievement gaps.
There is a 29-point gap (out of a 500-point scale) between white and black 12th graders in reading, a gap that has increased since the last assessment in 2009 (when the gap was 27 points), and since the assessment was first administered in 1992 (when the gap was 24 points).
As education researcher Matthew Ladner notes, 10 points on the NAEP is the equivalent of one grade level of learning, effectively meaning that since 1992, the disparity has increased by half a grade level’s worth of learning.
If academic achievement on the NAEP is any measure, the policies of the past half century just aren’t working.
Since the 1970s alone, inflation-adjusted federal per-pupil spending (part of the goal of which was to narrow achievement gaps) has nearly tripled.
The behemoth federal Department of Education filters all of this taxpayer money through more than 100 federal education programs, many of which are duplicative, most of which are ineffective. It’s no surprise then that this administration’s policies, which seem designed to increase program count and spending, haven’t moved the needle on achievement either.

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