No, this isn’t about Elizabeth Warren’s proposed new minimum tax rate.
Young Charles Donaldson III thinks we as a nation are hoarding the cash in an effort to keep education off-limits to someone.
“America to Me” subject Charles Donalson III used his platform during the Starz docuseries panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday to call out what he called America’s “hoarding” of wealth, citing examples he saw right there at the conference’s Beverly Hilton setup.
The gap of financial resources is particularly prevalent in the entertainment industry, Donalson added. He’s now a small part of that business, and so is everyone he addressed.
The high school graduate pointed out “all the money it takes just to set up this room,” referring to the Beverly Hills Ballroom. He continued, “Jesus Christ, you know how much food you have out there? Y’all are laughing, but I’m being dead serious right now. You all know how much food it is out there?”
One might wonder how a TeeVee show, spotlighting a school, somehow takes money (and food) away from the school. One may wonder…
Donaldson is a recent graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High (Chicago). It’s obvious the school needs more money. (Isn’t that always the solution?). The district only spends $14,822 per year per student on instructional costs, compared to $7,853 per student state-wide. That, by the way, is where the 189% comes from. This also exceeds the national average. It’s not enough…
For all the money, only 15% of the students get “free” lunches. Maybe that’s what Donaldson was getting at. Maybe Starz could donate some biscuits or something.
Also, for all the money, less than half of Donaldson’s peers are proficient in reading; only 12% understand math. Yet, per the fraudulent national trend, the school graduates 93% of its students. These numbers might explain – to someone who did not graduate from Oak Park – that the money isn’t the issue or, at least, that it is misplaced.
Oak Park is a “Title One” school. That means, well, nothing. In 1994, a useless Congress declared:
it to be the policy of the United States that a high-quality education for all individuals and a fair and equal opportunity to obtain that education are a societal good, are a moral imperative, and improve the life of every individual, because the quality of our individual lives ultimately depends on the quality of the lives of others.
Declarations like that are meaningless, but they are not cheap. We spend and spend. All measures of progress drop and drop.
Ah well, what’s the point? Nothing college for all won’t surely fix.
The AP success rate is impressive… USN.