From the Department of No Surprise comes the revelation that most Oregon high-school "graduates" aren't even close to being ready for college, which comes as no shock here, as it's been discussed here on numerous occasions over the years.
Oregon's goal is that, by 2025, 40 percent of its young people will have four-year college degrees and another 40 percent will have two-year degrees or industry certification.
But students are unlikely to earn those credentials if, when they enter college, they have to take non-credit remedial courses covering material they should have mastered in high school. The ACT scores suggest that is exactly what awaits an awful lot of Oregon high school graduates.
Here in Portland, with a dropout rate of around one-third, over half of the graduating vegetables who planned to attend college find that path put on hold for exactly that reason: they have to take remedial English and math before they can even think about starting studies as freshmen. In point of fact, only 30% of PPS "graduates" are college-ready, despite the fact that taxpayers shower more dollars per student into the school system than prevails in most other parts of the country.
As a whole, Oregon taxpayers pay far more each year than taxpayers in other states to support K-12 public vegetation, yet consistently receive inferior output. And every year, it's the same song and dance: "We know we need to do better, but we need more money; It's For The Children™!"
And the low-info voters keep buying that tired line, while the unions and administrators make a killing turning out vegetables. There is no reason why a school principal should be pulling down over $125,000 a year, plus benefits, in the first place - let alone when they're presiding over pathetically underperforming schools.
But at least the kiddies know how to use a condom when they leave.
I came of age just before the Dept of Education was opened, and I got a pretty fair education. Not anymore. Now it's all social agenda, nothing more.