Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.
Michael, there were three stories in three different publications that really caught my eye in they are they’re all related to our children. One of them is Stephen Moore’s column in BizPac Review, and the title of it is It’s Now or Never for School Choice Everywhere. But here’s what he points out and I’m going to give a few quotes here.
This story could bring tears to your eyes. In Baltimore, Maryland, there are 23 schools in which not one single student tested proficient math. Twenty-three schools and not one and Hogan, who was the Republican governor of Maryland, actually thinks that he’s qualified to be president.
And here he is, the governor of the biggest city, 23 schools. Not one single student is proficient in math. And by the way, Baltimore spends $21,000 a student, which is college tuition for some colleges. But if you think that’s bad, it can actually get worse.
In Illinois, according to the data from the Illinois State Board of Education, reviewed by WIREPOINTS, an investigative journalism center, there were 30 schools last year, 22 of which are in the Chicago area, that failed to lift even one student to grade level reading. Not even one student in 22 schools in the Chicago area.
Now, if you can’t read and you can’t do math, well, I take that back. If you can’t read or you can’t do math at any level that would be competitive with anything, your chances of being successful and happy in life are extremely remote. And these are institutions, by the way.
People talk about racism and whatnot, institutional racism, The 1619 Project, and whatnot. Well, these are government institutions where the data is known, and they won’t change anything. In fact, they promote their own people within the organizations because that’s all they care about.
And don’t blame the shortage of money in Chicago. Many of the Chicago schools are spending up to $30,000 a child. He concludes, though, he says, that there is a silver lining in that there are some states that are rapidly expanding school choice.
And he lists among those: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, and West Virginia. And then, he also mentions kind of as honorable mention, Texas, Tennessee, and Utah. So that’s good. But then you read in The Wall Street Journal. Headline: To Increase Equity, School Districts Are Eliminating Honor Classes.
What you have now in these liberal areas across the country, AP, Advanced Placement, where children in those classes have an opportunity to excel and learn more in order to have equity in the schools, these liberal school districts and school boards are eliminating the opportunity to actually excel.
And mediocre is the ultimate opportunity in these school districts. And my last one, Michael, is this is a headline from and this is Lee Smith. You know Lee Smith at The Epoch Times. Why is CDC Pushing the Vaccine on Children When Fauci Already Said it Failed?
And we talked the other day about how in Florida that the Vars database is showing a 4,400 percent increase in bad reactions to the vaccine. Four thousand four hundred percent. And yet our government continues to try to force its will on children where the risk of serious problems from COVID is next to none. The liberal institutions and their bureaucracies continue to do harm and they don’t care.
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Photo “Student” by Katerina Holmes.