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This article is breathtaking in that it talks about how the DFL is scamming students attending public high schools, then scamming them by forcing to pay for remedial classes in junior college that they should’ve learned in high school. Here’s the DFL’s latest scam:

College students who take remedial classes at state-run colleges and universities could soon find themselves in regular college-level courses instead under a proposal being considered at the Capitol.

Weaker students would do better if they took classes with the rest of the student body while getting some extra help on the side, some lawmakers say. And they’d save money by avoiding remedial classes, which cost as much as standard courses but don’t offer students credit toward a degree. “We’re trying to develop a system that is more student-focused,” said Sen. Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley, a former high school principal who wrote the bill.

Here’s something else that’s offensive:

One in six Minnesota students is in remedial education, usually at a two-year college, according to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Almost two-thirds of those take one or two classes, data from the state Office of Higher Education shows.

When I wrote this post, I said that Jazmyne McGill was “the face of educational theft in Minnesota.” I said that because Education Minnesota ripped her off by not providing Jazmyne with the education she deserved:

Despite meeting all of the requirements for a diploma, I had to take a class in college that covered material I had already passed in high school. Worse, this class wouldn’t earn me any credit toward a degree, although I had to pay full tuition for it.

Making matters worse is the fact that Sen. Clausen is attempting to provide a Band-Aid solution to a problem that requires stitches or surgery. Sen. Clausen’s legislation treats a symptom. It doesn’t eliminate the root cause.

Until Minnesota legislators require public schools to improve educational outcomes, students will continue getting cheated by Education Minnesota and the DFL. If things don’t change dramatically, the Jazmyne McGills of the world will continue getting ripped off — and that’s unacceptable.

Part of that change is demanding that legislators like Sen. Clausen start solving problems instead of treating symptoms. That means training great teachers and getting them into classrooms. That means letting only the best candidates into teaching schools. That means telling EdMinn to that they’ll be kicked to the sidelines if they aren’t part of the solution.

Ripping high school students off by not teaching them what they’re required to learn for college costs these students, or their parents, money. That money doesn’t grow on trees. It’s frequently ‘found’ by taking out a student loan. Whichever way you look at it from, it’s a rip-off.

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2 Responses to “DFL: throwing good money after bad”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    I got a great idea. Why don’t they pass a law where the student and the university sign a bill that is sent to the former high school district and the school district has to explain for public record why (including the teachers that teached) weren’t able to teach the student what they need to know.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gretchen Leisen says:

    The failure of the public school system is the primary reason that private schools are thriving. Also growing is the home-schooling phenomenon. Parents do not want their children in schools where the children are schooled in useless subjects and indoctrinated into PC politics. Add to that the presence of large numbers of non-English speaking immigrant children, many of whom refuse to assimilate, and the situation becomes disastrous.

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