Lauren FitzPatrick took the sample third grade online version of the achievement tests called "Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers" (or "PARCC").
Fitzpatrick has also posted a YouTube selfie-video of her experience while taking the test:
But, none of that's the "real" story, in the estimation of The Motley Monk.
The real story is the “AlGore tax”--officially the "E-Rate" or "Universal Service Fee"--which was imposed upon monthly telephone bills beginning in 1997. The tax was supposed to fund Internet access for public school across the fertile plain, especially urban and rural locales. Take a close look at your monthly phone bill and calculate how much you have been paying to ensure Internet connectivity for the nation's public schools and classrooms.
In his 1996 State of the Union Message, then-President Clinton set the goal of connecting every classroom and library to the Internet by the turn of the century. By the 1999-2000 school year, the New York Times reported that 80k schools and libraries across the United States had received new or improved high-speed Internet access due the AlGore tax, and a total of 1M+ individual classrooms, in every state and presumably every Congressional district, were wired. That year, Clinton also touted the AlGore tax:
Al Gore led the fight to make sure that the Federal Government required
all the schools in this country to have affordable rates so that every
classroom in the poorest schools in America can be hooked up to the
Internet. He did that, and he deserves credit for it.
When it comes to politicians and their promises, always do the math: The AlGore tax was implemented 17 years ago. Since its inception, the tax has generated a annual budget line item of $2.25B to be distributed to the nation's public schools. So, that adds up to some serious change--~$38.25B--that has been made available for the U.S. Department of Education to spend on Internet access for public schools since 1997. That makes the AlGore tax one of the Federal Government's largest spending programs for education.
Believe it or not, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) expects to receive an E-Rate subsidy of $13.8M in FY15. Let's just pretend for the moment that the average $$$s CPS has received since 1997 is $6M, that would mean $102M should have been available to CPS for Internet access. Courtesy of all those who use the telephone, except for those using federally-subisdized "Obamaphones," it seems like a lot of money is being spent on installing fiber optics cable doesn't it?
As one lobbyist noted when the AlGore tax was being debated:
Once you have large sums of money pouring into every school district
in the country, it's impossible to turn off the spigot.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Lauren FitzPatrick's Sun-Time's article, click on the following link:
To read the New York Times article, click on the following link: