We’re Not Much Smarter

Get into the education biz and it’s all about numbers. These just in from the Nation’s Report Card on reading and math.  You can get all you need to know here.

The nation’s 8th graders scored 262 and California only 253 or as the synopsis put it:

Earlier Today

By Mark Rabine

It’s now official. Although nearly all politicians, economists, academicians and other highly paid gossip mongers have insisted for some time now that the Great Recession was a thing of the past, they really didn’t have much evidence. Well no one will argue with them anymore.

The Baltimore Sun now reports that a Baltimore Cafe is now charging $13 for a cup of coffee. It’s not the coffee, obviously, but the “experience,” or the “narrative,” but the cafe owner insists it’s got “good mouth feel.” Dentists will be thrilled. Others will opt for other stimulants of the legal and not-so-legal varietal.

Even Earlier

Despite national health insurance reform, San Francisco’s “Healthy SF” program will not be eliminated, although city officials have only just begun to study what effects there will be. San Francisco’s program is the nation’s first city-run universal health care system, and unlike the national program, San Francisco recognizes that people without papers are people too.

Earlier Today

So how did immigrants and other ethnic minorities in the country fare with the newly signed health (insurance) reform (sort of) recently signed into law? See summaries from New American Media here and here. The bad news is that undocumented immigrants will not not be eligible for any potential benefit. The good news? They won’t be required to purchase insurance — or get deported if they don’t have it.

In the Mission Today

For the mind: Ariel Gore at at Modern Times or poetry at the Mission Cultural Center both at 7 p.m.

For the soul: A Celebration of Archbishop Oscar Romero at Cesar Chavez at 6 p.m.

For fun: Amensia has gypsy jazz and then jazz, Revolution Cafe, tango and the Elbow Room, Club Shutter.

Todays photo from swampzoid

The Hip Happenings in La Lengua

Home of the city’s first parklet (scene of Lt. Gov –oops Mayor Gavin’s recent excuse-mongering you tube address to whomever is still paying attention), the little hood that could now geting attention from SF Chron. Carl Nolte (Chron reporter who does column called “native son”) refers to area as “San Jose Guererro” neighborhood. A native son perhaps, but not a Mission native and clearly not a deovotee of Burrito Justice.

Bike to School Day

Why don’t kids bike to school every day? Beats any other form of transportation, even for the notoriously lazy. Who knows? They may even go to school. In an effort to spur bike consciousness among young scholars, a coalition of groups, with $500,000 in fed stimulus money (Chinese credit at work!) are sponsoring the second, hopefully annual, San Francisco Bike to School Day on April 15. Last year 500 kids rode bikes to 25 schools. This year the goal is 1000.

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