An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 3, 2007

One word: DUH!

Filed under: Education — olbroad @ 12:10

Tennessee’s income gap explored in report

Raising education standards is the best way to close the income gap between Tennessee’s poorest and wealthiest residents, says a report released Friday by the University of Tennessee.

Was taxpayer money used to “investigate” this? If so, I could have told them that for half the price, saved ’em a few bucks.

Raising the minimum wage would put more in workers’ pockets and taxing the rich would pump up government revenues, but those won’t close the income gap, Murray said.

Actually, it would mean fewer folks working, but I won’t quibble, even though raising the minimum wage means companies would have to cut the work force they employ to maintain reasonable profits.

A better-educated work force will attract higher-paying jobs to Tennessee and its rural communities, Murray said.

Again I say….DUH!

Raising education standards was a key recommendation of a recently released regional labor market assessment commissioned by the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership. The chamber study looked at work force needs in Knox and surrounding counties.

Education standards have been lowered so much over the years, you know full well when they try to actually raise standards, you’re going to have people squawking about how unfair it is to the poorest and the minorities. What a crock!

Increasing funding and improving the public education system requires political will and won’t happen until “citizens demand elected officials raise the standards to an adequate level to prepare people for the work force,” Edward said.

There is no need to increase funding.   Use the money available, just raise the level of standards for the bloomin’ teachers!  Actually EXPECT students to pass the tests needed to be promoted from one grade level to the next.

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3 Comments »

  1. One word: DUH!

    Trackback by University Update — March 3, 2007 @ 1:05

  2. Wanna bet they fall into the same trap Wisconsin is in? There’s NEVER enough money in Education. Not in Wisconsin…

    Comment by Billiam — March 3, 2007 @ 3:10

  3. If unions have anything to say about it, of course they will. :/

    Comment by olbroad — March 3, 2007 @ 7:18


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