It’s NOT just us. We now have evidence that Sacto’s kids are, in fact, getting dumber. The Sacramento Business Journal reported earlier this week:
High school graduation rates are falling and fewer teens are meeting requirements to get into University of California and California State University schools in Sacramento County.
Those are among the many findings of the 2008 Sacramento County Children’s Report Card, according to a report to be presented Tuesday to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors…
…Among its education findings, the group reports that the graduation rate among high school seniors decreased to 79.6 percent in 2006-07, from 85.1 percent in 2000-01.
The “group” in question is the Sacramento County Children’s Coalition, and they also reported on several other interesting
damn lies statistics:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ High school drop outs earn an average of $21,346 a year, while graduates earn an average of $8,747 more.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Those with a bachelor’s degree earn more than $21,000 annually more than people who have only a high school diploma.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Spending per student in Sacramento County in 2005-06 was $7,324, compared to the state average of $8,486 and the national average of $9,138.
Who thinks this will get worse before it gets better? Perhaps it’s time to give education its rightful props on the voting ballot.