Monday, March 19, 2007

But enough about Congress....

Headline:

Study Finds One-Third in D.C. Illiterate
Okay, who DIDN'T think of Congress when they saw the headline?

Still, this story isn't a shocking example of our failed educational system. It's simply a side-effect of our current immigration policy, or lack thereof:
The growing number of Hispanic and Ethiopian immigrants who aren't proficient in English contributed to the city's high functional illiteracy level, which translated to 170,000 people, said Connie Spinner, director of the State Education Agency. The report says the district's functional illiteracy rate is 36 percent and the nation's 21 percent.

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