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Sometimes there is one number just one number the describes everything you need to know -- about a topic.
We have one of those today and it has to do with education.
If you want to understand the state of education in this country listened to this nearly 80%.
Of New York City high school graduates have trouble with basic skills like reading writing math eight intent.
The vast majority don't have the basic skills you would expect of somebody half their -- Now this shocking news was reported by a local CBS affiliate today city officials saying that 111000 kids who had graduated from the city's high schools.
Needed remedial courses to really learn the basics before entering New York's community college system.
This isn't just an inner city poor kids issue when Michelle -- the former District of Columbia schools chancellor appeared on our program recently.
She told us the underperformance can be seen -- students of all backgrounds.
Supporters kids in America that's the bottom -- -- economically.
26 out of the thirty developed nations in math compared to their peers.
That's a trend you've heard about before you're accustomed to seeing it right but in fact the trend is brighter the richest kids they also ranked 26.
Middling schools are confined to get -- says three they played.
A report by the Georgetown university center on education and workforce down.
The US economy will create nearly 47 million new replacement and replacement jobs in the next five years now.
More than half of those will require some college education.
We're not producing enough educated workers to fill those positions.
If we don't you don't watch out for more outsourcing with American jobs going overseas to China to India.
We don't want that we -- Americans holding those jobs.
The stakes when it comes to education could not be higher.
New York's mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning on putting education high on his list.
When he leaves office later this year now keep plans to bankroll charter schools.
Good for him.
But I'd really prefer -- fix the mess that exists right now.
Kids graduating from new York city schools need to have basic skills we need -- to have basic skills.
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