Sad State of Affairs: 16% of Kids in NY are Neither Working Nor Going to School

December 3, 2012 at 8:55 am (College, Dropout, Economy, Jobs, New York, President Obama, School, Unemployment, Youth)

And yet the youth vote nationwide helped propel the man whose economic policies have extended such trying times to another four years in office.

Via the Associated Press:

Sixteen percent of teens and young adults in New York are neither in school nor the workforce, part of a national problem that could lead to “dire consequences” for the younger generation’s financial stability, according to a new report.

The latest Kids Count report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation said high school dropouts are having a harder time landing traditional entry-level jobs in retail and fast-food restaurants due to competition from older candidates with more experience. Front-line service providers add that the recent recession has added to the problem.

“You’re competing with people that are in the workforce now that have diplomas,” said Jeff Nixon, youth services manager for the Buffalo Employment and Training Center. “You’ve got people with college degrees that are competing for some of these lower-wage jobs. And obviously for an employer, if they have a choice between somebody with a college degree and a kid that’s a dropout, that’s a no-brainer.”

Nationally, there are 6.5 million youth 16 to 24 years old who are neither in the workforce nor in school — about 17 percent of that age group, according to the report. New York accounts for 406,000 of those young people, according to the foundation.

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Illegal Immigrants to Get State Tuition Rates in Massachusetts

November 20, 2012 at 8:43 am (College, Deval Patrick, Illegal Immigrants, Massachusetts, State Rate, Tuition)

When he’s not sucking up to First Lady Michelle Obama by paving over potholes in advance of her arrival, he apparently is busy sucking up to illegal immigrants – just like his muse, President Obama.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is pushing a plan that would allow illegal immigrants in his state to be awarded the tuition rate at colleges typically granted to actual state residents – and it’s based on the President’s own pro-amnesty angle.

Via the New York Times:

Thousands of illegal immigrants living in Massachusetts can qualify for state resident tuition rates at state colleges, under a policy laid out on Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick — another shift in the fast-changing mosaic of states’ policies toward that population.

The shift builds on the Obama administration policy, adopted in June, that the federal government will not seek to deport most young immigrants who, as children, were either brought to the United States illegally or kept here illegally. The Massachusetts policy applies to that same group.

Notice how the Times article leaves the word ‘illegal’ out of their headline, despite its relevance to the article information.

The savings being afforded the illegal immigrants is substantial, with in-state residents at one Massachusetts college being charged $13,230, while out of state residents pay nearly double.

Essentially, people having entered the country (let alone the state) illegally can now attain tuition rates that actual American citizens from outside of Massachusetts would not be privy to.

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Not Cool: Youth Unemployment Skyrockets Under Obama

July 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm (2012 Election, Barack Obama, College, Economy, Graduates, Jobs, Paul Conway, President Obama, School, Unemployment, Youth)

Seems like only yesterday when the media was reporting on how cool President Obama was in the eyes of our youth – so much so that his popularity had influenced high school students, and changed the way young people talk to one another.  


Proof of this came via a Times Union report which featured two lone high school students who had created such phrases as:

What up, my Obama?

The appalling response to someone sneezing – Barack you.

And, Barack’s in the White House now – which means cool it.

One has to wonder if these same high school students, or current students, still view the President in the same light.  Because, as the phrase states, Barack is indeed in the White House now, and as a result, the youth unemployment rate has soared to 16.8%.

Yahoo! Finance reports (h/t Gateway Pundit) that the job market for college graduates grows ever more dismal.

The Class of 2012 may have few reasons to celebrate this year. Along with the long-term unemployed, experts say their prospects are the bleakest among all job-seekers.

The U.S. economy added a lower-than-expected 80,000 jobs last month, according to data Friday from the Labor Department.  Though the overall unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2%, experts say this year’s 1.8 million college graduates have a rough job search ahead. “Over the last five years, the jobs situation has gotten increasingly intense for each successive graduating class,” says Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity, a non-profit think-tank based in Arlington, Va. “Their concern is now palpable.”

The last half-decade has not been good to graduates. Only a half of those who graduated since 2006 are now employed full time, according to a recent Rutgers University survey.  More college graduates are settling for jobs that in years past would have gone to those without degrees, while people in their 30s are now occupying jobs once taken by recent graduates, says Carl Van Horn, professor of public policy and director of Rutgers’ John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

But if all the young people who’ve already given up looking for jobs are included — the 1.7 million people aged 18-29 who’ve been out of work for more than a year — the latest 8.2% unemployment figure would be closer to 16.8% for that age group, Conway says. That’s the highest unemployment rate for that age group since World War II. “Their story is one of few opportunities, delayed dreams, and stalled careers,” he says.

Prayers for our children are necessary if this man gets another four years.  In other words, Barack you… 

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School That Won’t Release Obama’s Grades Offers Class On "Understanding Obama"

April 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Charles Ogletree, Class, College, Course, Daily Caller, Harvard Law School, President Obama, Understanding)

After demonstrating a thorough lack of knowledge regarding the system of checks and balances in government, with his veiled threat directed at the Supreme Court, President Obama certainly raised some eyebrows.

“I used to think some of these right-wingers were kind of nutty demanding to see Obama’s college and law school transcripts. I want to see them now,” Ann Coulter said.


But instead of releasing those college transcripts, Harvard is now offering a course in how to better understand the President.  Because as always, it’s not him, it’s you that is a moron.


Via the Daily Caller:

Not every Harvard Law School alumnus has a class devoted to him — but then, President Barack Obama is not just any alumnus.
According to the Harvard Law School course catalog, professor Charles Ogletree will be teaching a reading group called “Understanding Obama” for one classroom credit during the 2013 spring term.
“This reading group will focus on the way in which race, religion, and politics have impacted the development of President Obama as a leader,” the Harvard Law School Course Catalog explains. “We will explore his views as a biracial child, his time as a student at Harvard Law School, the successes and failures of his political campaigns, and the way religion and his views on faith nearly derailed his campaign. Finally, time will be spent analyzing the challenges he faces as president of the United States in establishing both his domestic and global policies.”
Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991. He was elected the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990.
Ogletree was a mentor to both President Obama and Michelle Obama while they were Harvard law students.
In an interview, Ogletree explained to The Daily Caller that the reading group will deal with both the positive and negative issues surrounding Obama and his presidency.

Then again who knows, maybe studying his grades and his research papers will be part of the curriculum.

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Racism Alert – Photo IDs Required for SAT Testing

March 28, 2012 at 7:58 am (College, Congressional Black Caucus, Democrats, Identification, Minorities, SAT, Voter Fraud, Voter ID)

Wait, doesn’t this discriminate against illegal aliens which in turn hurts Democrats and President Obama in the elections?  Where’s the Congressional Black Caucus?  In January, here’s what they had to say about voter ID:

The Congressional Black Caucus on Monday night took to the House floor to charge that voter ID laws popping up around the country are aimed at dissuading minority voters from voting, and making it harder for President Obama to win re-election.

Wouldn’t IDs for SAT testing then dissuade minority students?  Oh those racist educators.

Mental Recession reader Brian states that, “Ironically, students are one of the groups mentioned when it comes to not having the ID required to vote.” 


But progressives clearly aren’t actually concerned about identification being used as a racist tool, they’re only concerned about using the perception of racism as a tool.


Brian adds:

I am not sure if the irony hammer hits harder than it does when people yell out loud about photo ID for voting, and whisper about it for taking the SATs…

Anyway, via CBS News:

Students taking college entrance exams this fall will have to submit photo IDs with their applications — a key security upgrade following a widespread cheating scandal at a number of high schools on New York’s Long Island, a prosecutor and testing officials announced Tuesday…

The new testing requirements include making students upload a photograph of themselves when they register for the SAT or ACT. Those unable to upload a photo will be permitted to mail in a photo, which will be scanned by the testing agency.

Then, an admission ticket into the testing site, containing the scanned photo, will be mailed to the student.

The photo will not only be printed on the admission ticket, but on the test site roster, and can be checked against the photo ID a student provides at the test center. That photo will be attached to students’ scores as they are reported to high schools and colleges.

Other changes include checking student IDs more frequently at test centers; IDs will be checked when students enter a test site, and whenever they re-enter the test room after breaks, and again when the answer sheets are collected.

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Washington Post Continues to Ignore Their Own Scandals

March 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm (College, Debt, Donald Graham, For-Profit College, GI Bill, Kaplan University, Online Degree, Student Loan, Veterans, Washington Post)

What better example of media bias, than when a company you own has been alleged to have conducted fraudulent business practices, questionable lobbying tactics, and possible insider trading – and you report nothing about it.
The Washington Post recently published an article regarding a potential ‘debt bomb’ on the American economy – student loans.  But in this article, the Post continues to do little in the way of reporting on for-profit colleges, a prime sector for student loan defaults.  And it most certainly ignores a for-profit college which is the main source of its very own revenue – Kaplan University.
Kaplan over the last several years has accounted for the vast majority of revenue at the Washington Post company.  In 2009 for example, Kaplan accounted for 58% of the Post’s revenue, while newspaper and magazine publishing accounted for a mere 19%.  So it stands to reason that the Post’s lack of reporting may be due to their reliance on cash from the university. 
By ignoring the story however, the Post is avoiding the dark side of the Kaplan enterprise.  The university has generated profit by putting many students into deep debt, with degrees that offer lesser value in the job market.  They pressure potential students into signing up at their school based on the reputation of their parent company.  The Post itself has lobbied to water down federal regulations which could have cleaned up the way Kaplan runs its business, while fighting to dissolve government regulations that would protect students.  Additionally, CEO Donald Graham has partaken in some rather timely stock selloffs on behalf of his family’s trusts.
But you won’t see these things reported in the Washington Post.
Other items not reported regarding the Post/Kaplan relationship can be summed up in my Accuracy in Media investigative report, including:
  • Kaplan University maintains a consistent dropout rate of over 70 percent; while graduates earn well below the national average.
  • The Post Company’s Washington lobbyists have fought to weaken a regulation that keeps Kaplan from receiving more than 90 percent of its income from federal student loan programs.
  • Kaplan aggressively recruits military veterans, since GI Bill and Dept. of Defense funds are exempt from the ’90 percent’ regulation.
  • Kaplan recruiters are encouraged to seek “true pain and fear” advantages over potential students as motivation to enroll.
  • The Post and Kaplan have successfully lobbied for regulations allowing for-profit colleges to a have a student loan default rate of 40 percent per year.
  • Post CEO Donald Graham has openly lobbied Congress to accept regulation changes by threatening tuition hikes on the financially threatened student body.
  • The Graham family has sold over $40 million worth of Washington Post stock since 2008, immediately prior to severe market drops.
The Washington Post article on student loans becoming the ‘next debt bomb’ on the U.S. economy is yet another example of a willingness to report on an industry-wide problem, while ignoring the role of one of their own in the process.  They speak of the perils of student loan defaults without ever mentioning the company’s personal lobbying efforts to allow default rates at for-profit colleges, such as Kaplan, to rise as high as 40 percent annually.
Despite student loan default rates currently over 30 percent, recruiting tactics which prey on an individual’s “pain and fear”, and a history of generating massive profits while saddling their most vulnerable students with massive debt, Kaplan University continues to escape scrutiny by their parent company.
What is worse here, the fraudulent tactics and questionable lobbying efforts, or the journalistic malpractice being exercised in failing to report on Kaplan?
Only the Washington Post can answer that question.

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Weekend Recession: (Video) Announcer’s Stool Collapses During Basketball Broadcast

February 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm (Basketball, Breaks, CBS Sports, College, Dayton, James Bates, NCAA, Stool, Xavier)

Weekend college basketball?  Check.

Big time rivalry game?  Check.

Stool made out of toothpicks and duct tape?

Check.

From Yard Barker:

Last weekend, the CBS Sports Network was covering an Atlantic-10 men’s college basketball game between Xavier and Dayton. For the game, they sent the team of Steve Wolf and play-by-play announcer James Bates. As they started the telecast, Bates is seen notably shifting in his stool which gives way during the live broadcast.

CBS couldn’t afford a real chair for the man?

Have a great weekend all!

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