Friday, December 21, 2012

An Official Scholarship Blog

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Teacher Misconduct in the Classroom

A recent audit released in November 2012 finds that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been slow to report on teacher misconduct in the school district. According to the report, LAUSD officials have repeatedly failed to promptly inform a California panel about serious allegations of teacher misconduct, teacher perversity, teacher lewdness, and numerous incidents of LAUSD teacher employees groping and molesting children at will.

For the record, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California. The Los Angeles Unified School District is the 2nd largest public school district in the United States, behind only the New York City Department of Education.

In recent years, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has served over 700,000 students, and has over 46,473 teachers and over 39,594 other employees.

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest employer in Los Angeles County, after the county government.

The numbers are impressive, but so is the peril to children and youth. It is estimated that approximately 3 percent of LAUSD teachers have engaged in some form of prohibited conduct involving either students or teachers.

The recent audit is indeed frightening, but should not come as any surprise because the standards of employment for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have been steadlily droppng for over 20 years. As the school systems contends with numerous new citizens, recent immigrants, an surge in various nationalities, new and expanding definitions of societal standards and mores, and its regid attempts to recruit a workforce that can accomodate such vast dissimilarities, it is not altogether surprising that various problems will arise.

Approximately, 10 months ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District was left reeling by the arrest of a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School for allegedly spoon-feeding semen to students in a classroom. Clearly, he teacher involved must have been involved in some incident prior to this sick episode.

At the time, Los Angeles Unified School District officials acknowledged that they did not swiftly send all serious misconduct allegations to a government commission on Teacher Credentialing, which apparently keeps a database that school systems use to verify teaching licenses.

The shocking audit found that Los Angeles Unified School District officials submitted at least 144 cases of alleged teacher misconduct more than a year later than required, and at least 31 of cases of alleged teacher perversity/misconduct were not submitted until at least three years after the accusation or act; consequently, the safety of students and fellow teachers were being neglected.

In school districts such as the Los Angeles Unified School District officials and the Clark County School District (another hit bed of teacher perversity), students and parents need to be informed of teachers who have been accused, warned, or lawfully charged with misconduct.

So, what does all this mean for students and youth? The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) must do a better job of teacher recruitment, and background investigations. Single teachers need to be scrutinized more, along with single men.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Clark County, NV School Teachers' greed impacts Students

The Clark County School District's sought to obtain $40 million worth of an available $400 million federal grant, which was apparently intended to promote data-based and digital tools to meet individual student needs and evaluate school staff. Even though the funding was all but approved and certain, there apparently a significant hurdle that the Clark County School District did not adequately plan for. Clark County Teachers were adamant and desperate to oppose the plan.

In fact, Clark County school teachers, and the Clark County Education Association that promotes the illicit agenda of the Clark County school teachers, had the federal grant intended for thoudands of Clark County students in their cross-hairs for months. Clark County school teachers have been secretly urging the Clark County Education Association to REJECT any funding for Clark County students that even remotely impacts the salaries of the worst teachers in the U.S.A.

It is no secret that the Clark County Education Association has been at odds (extreme conflict, actually) with the Clark County School District for several years. The dispute IS NOT about school supplies, text books, or class-room space, or the integrity of the teaching process. No. The only and most significant dispute that the Clark County Education Association has had with the Clark County School District is the size and rate of teacher salary increases.

Clark County, Nevada residents and parents have not the backbone to protest this sort of fraud, deceit, and inferior use of educational resources. Slavery may have ended over 200 years ago, but many Clark County residents have the mindset of 17th century slaves waiting for the crumbs thrown beneath their feet and to the ground by the Clark County Education Association.

While Clark County teachers have affairs with other teachers, meet the married spouses of their targets at local Starbucks, and dress in fashionable clothes each day, parents and students have been told to SHUT-UP. More specificially, parents have been told to shut the F$#$ up, and accept:

  1. crowded classrooms;
  2. no text-books;
  3. voided exams that have not been graded due to budget cuts;
  4. sex-crazed, perverted teachers that target married spouses of other teachers, as well as minors;
  5. low standards

The Clark County Education Association, which is one of the most despicable, student-hating unions in the U.S.A., was required to approve the request by the Clark County School District. Instead of seeking the best interests of the students, The Clark County Education Association (i.e., the Clark County school teachers) viewed the proposed grant-in-waiting as a threat to teacher salaries, and their fiefdom. According to local media reports, the federal grant would have benefited 41,000 students at 63 Clark County schools, and would have provided funding for high-technology tools and literacy intervention. Additionally, the Clark County School District also could have hired at least 22 teachers plus 24 support staff.

Like mind-controlled robots and slaves, parents will never protest the actions of the teachers because many Clark County parents simply do not read or understand the fact that the Clark County Education Association is playing poltics and greed with their children's education.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

DEFEAT of Mitt Romney: What does it mean for Student Financial-Aid

Americans have spoken loud and clear. Mitt Romney IS NOT wanted by the majority of Americans. Mitt Romney is NOT DESIRED by the majority of Americans. Mitt Romney is NOT the choice for the majority of Americans. We congratulate Mitt Romney on a well fought campaign, but Americans are not ready to elect a man like Mitt Romney. The question is this: How do the election results of 2012 affect the availability of scholarships ad grants, as well as federally-backed student loan programs such as Federal Stafford Loans, FAFSA, and Pell Grants, or Prosper loans, etc?

The answer to that question is really simple because Governor Mitt Romney never offered not a comprehensive student plan to increase scholarships, grants, and financial-aid for millions of Americans. Governor Romney never offered to promote and encourage millions of students to apply for scholarships, grants, and financial-aid sponsored by National Academy of American Scholars.

National Academy of American Scholars offered to meet with the top representatives of Mitt Romney, but all we were provided access to was the California campaign director.

Governor Mitt Romney did not seem to understand the importance and the role of National Academy of American Scholars connecting students to sponsored scholarships, grants, and financial-aid.

The position of Barack Obama is fairly clear: support private and non-profit programs like National Academy of American Scholars, and encourage other private entities and non-profit programs to sponsor scholarships, grants, and financial-aid programs, as well as low-cost student debt instruments that involves little government assistance, no new taxes, and which are 100% financed by the private sector.

Americans gave Mr. Romney several months to articulate his position on student financial-aid, student scholarships, grants, and loans. Yet, Mr. Romney fumbled the ball, and lost an election that was within his reach. Mitt Romney NEVER reached out to support private and non-profit scholarship sponsors like National Academy of American Scholars.

For more information about great scholarships, grants, and loans, sponsored by National Academy of American Scholarships, please review this article, and get started today.

For more information about low-cost personal loans, or low-cost and easy to apply for student loan programs,please review this article, and get started today.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama on Student-aid, and Scholarships

Within a few days, Americans will either re-elect President Barack Obama, or Americans will decide on an untested, and controversial Mitt Romney to become President. The choices Americans make can have far-reaching affects on student financial-aid, the availability of scholarships ad grants, as well as federally-backed student loan programs such as Federal Stafford Loans, FAFSA, and Pell Grants, etc.

The position of Barack Obama is fairly clear: he envisions the federal government assisting millions of students secure financing for their collegiate education. President Barack Obama proposes the following student loan reform measures.

President Obama compares his scholarships, grants, and financial-aid plans with Romney's positions. Specifically, President Obama promotes a "Pay As You Earn" plan, which caps monthly federal student loan repayment at 10 percent of monthly discretionary income. It also breaks down benefits depending on where someone lives.

Whereas his opponent, Mitt Romney offered not a plan but a rebuke to current and touted scholarship, grants, and financial-aid plans. For example, Mitt Romney was asked by a college student in August 2012 what he would do if elected to address the student debt crisis. Romney said. "I am not going to tell you something that is not the truth, because you know, that is just taking money from your other pocket and giving it to the other pocket."

Romney added, "I'm not going to promise all sorts of free stuff that I know you're going to end up paying for. What I want to do is give you a great job so you'll be able to pay it back yourself. And I want to get the government off your back, so you can keep more of what you earned."

That sounds wonderful from Mitt Romney. However, if you are going to give us sugar-coated soothing words, we need at least some bread and/or meat too.

The Obama plan for improving scholarships, grants, and financial-aid appears to represent at least a sandwich of solid proposals whereas Mitt Romney suggests to students to simply borrow more funds from your parents. We all know that traditional parents do not have an extra $15,000, or $45,000 sitting around the house. Perhaps the friends of Mitt Romney, a reputed billionaire, have such funds; however, the typical American parent does not.

If students are going to borrow money, I suggest that your parents should be your last alternative. Your first option should be private lenders. One great source is detailed in our article about student loans, and personal loans.

For more information about this great program, please review this article, and get started today.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Student Loan/Personal Loans

Are you still paying off your student loans? What about your credt-card debt? Are you looking for an easy solution? You’re not alone. Thousands of students, moms, dads, and business owners share your predicament.

If we just look at student-loan debt alone, it is expected to exceed one TRILLION dollars by the end of this year.

Let's imagine that we could help you drastically reduce your student loan debt or credit-card debt. By reducing your student loan debt, you would certainly give yourself more purchasing power and financial relief.

The good news is that there IS help out there. First, though, you have to WANT the help. If you WANT to get help, then I encourge you to seek the services of Prosper. The company is really an outstanding loan company that specializes in a variety of loans and debt-consolidation programs.

Many of our scholarship recipients have used the company in the past to help pay-off their high-interest debt.
For more information about this great program, please review this article, and get started today.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hockey Scholarships

  1. Applicant must be over the age of 18 years;

  2. Applicant must consider himself/herself to be very good at playing hockey, and must enjoy the sport of hockey;

  3. Applicant need not be a U.S. citizen at time of application;

  4. Applicant must register his/her name and email address, and payment preference with National Academy of American Scholars;

  5. Applicant must write an essay in 500 words or less why he/she believes that hockey is the best sport and describe in literary detail how he/she could convince another person to accept his/her opinion or feel the same way;

  6. Applicant must LIKE our Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-Aid facebook page or be a Follower of Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-Aid twitter account and also be a Follower of our Google-Plus Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-Aid channel;
Please click this link for more information about our scholarships, grants, and financial-aid for hockey players

Monday, October 1, 2012

Student-Aid Reform by President Obama: NASFAA/NSPA

President Obama approved an overhaul of the financial-aid system for college students, and students seeking scholarships, grants, and financial-aid. The new law is referred to as the The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which Congress approved despite strong opposition from private financial institutions, and from many members of NASFAA, the GOP, and NSPA.

The GOP and many businesses that typically provide funding for GOP campaigns, as well as many members of the National Association of Student Financial Administrators (NASFAA), were against the new law because these commercial banks were out of the student-loan market and makes the government the main lender. As we know, the student-loan scandal originated largely because of the greed of many members of NASFAA. NASFAA advertisers, and members, as well as many members of the NASFAA affiliate, the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), have artificially kept the price of student loans very high, while at the same time censoring the scholarships, grants, and financial-aid opportunities from non-NSPA members whom refuse to participate in charades, and alphabet-middleman organizations like NSPA, NACAC, and other organizations tied to NASFAA.

Under NASFAA, and the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), the most wasteful federal legislation in the history of financial-aid was passed and put into law: The College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000. On the surface, the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000 is a law touted by members and advertisers of NASFAA to curb alleged fraud by scholarship administrators, and sponsors. In reality, not a single traditional scholarship sponsor has EVER been prosecuted under the law IN OVER 12 YEARS SINCE ITS PASSAGE!, and very few of the persons/organizations targeted under the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000 has been prosecuted. The only persons prosecuted under the law by the GOP/FTC have been Africans or Hispanics.

In plain and simple terms, the real purpose of The College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000 has always been to help members of NASFAA, including student loan companies, and members of the NSPA, undermine the purses and wallets of students by using their networked members of guidance counselors, and college financial-aid officers to steer students and parents toward the financial-aid products and services of NASFAA members. student loans and scholarships sponsored by NASFAA members, and members of NACAC, and NSPA.

Low-cost and FREE scholarship sponsors, such as National Academy of American Scholars, who refuse to pay unnecessary middle-man fees to either NASFAA, or National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), are left out of the loop, and therefore guidance counselors do not perform their role in informing students of the numerous scholarships, grants, and financial-aid that is sponsored and made available by organizations that are NOT members of National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) or NASFAA.

The new law signed by President Barack Obama effectively and appropriately maintains a firm distance away from and strips banks/members of NASFAA of their role as middlemen in federal student loans and puts the government in charge. No longer do students and parents have to be raped by members of NASFAA or NACAC, or National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA.

President Obama says the new system will save more than $60 billion over the next 10 years. That money will go toward Pell Grants for students and investments in community colleges and historically black institutions.

Students looking for scholarships, grants, and financial-aid should steer clear of any orgnization(s) linked to NASFAA/NSPA.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Scholarship Club of America

The official NAAS Scholarship Club of America is FREE to join. No costs! No money! No U.S. mail! No paypal! No checks! No credit-cards!

All it takes to join is a simple Like of our Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-Aid Facebook page, or simply become a Follower of our Twitter account. It takes 1 second to join! Really, it’s that simple!

In 1 second you are ready to benefit from our numerous sponsored Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-Aid packages, as well as earn scholarship points towards scholarships, grants, or financial-aid, as well as towards donations of your group's favorite causes.

Please review some of the many benefits of joining the NAAS Scholarship Club of America, and learn how to take advantage of your membership:
  1. Every Follower of our Twitter account is registered in our free Scholarship Club. You earn points by RE-TWEETING our Tweets, or by FAVORITING our Tweets;
  2. Every FaceBook Like is registered in our Scholarship Club. You earn scholarship points by SHARING, LIKING, and REFERRING Friends to Like our Facebook page;
  3. Every non-profit agency that has members that are elible for any of the numerous scholarships, grants, and financial-aid that we sponsor, and who LIKES our Facebook page, may also become a member of our Scholarship Club and earn scholarship points;
  4. Every school, or educational institution that has students that are eligible for any of the numerous scholarships, grants, and financial-aid that we sponsor, and who LIKES our Facebook page, may also become a member of our Scholarship Club and earn scholarship points on behalf of students for subsequent use in our scholarships, grants, and financial-aid programs;
  5. Every employer that has a student employee that is eligible for any of the numerous scholarships, grants, and financial-aid that we sponsor, and who LIKES our Facebook page, may also become a member of our Scholarship Club and earn scholarship points on behalf of the student employee. The student employee can subsequently use scholarship points generated by the employer in our scholarships, grants, and financial-aid programs, as long as the student(s) identifies that employer as as his/her employer.

Please click this link for more information about the Official NAAS Scholarship Club of America.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-Aid Scholarship Points Table

NAAS.ORG Scholarship Points for Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-Aid
Scholarship PointsAction RequiredExpiration date
of Scholarship Points
25 Scholarship Points(1) Facebook LikeNever
25 Scholarship Points(1) Google Plus Follow Never
25 Scholarship Points(1) Pinterest FollowNever
25 Scholarship Points(1) Twitter FollowNever
30 Scholarship PointsEach Twitter Re-Tweet (RT)30 days
25 Scholarship PointsEach Facebook Re-post/Shared link
of NAAS.ORG on applicant timeline
30 days
15 Scholarship PointsEach Google-Plus Circle Invite 30 days
25 Scholarship Points(1) Scholarship Registration Never
250 Scholarship Points(1) Online Scholarship Application 30 days
45 Scholarship Points per studentShared URL Link from school/company website to NAAS.ORG Never
25 Scholarship PointsBeFriend our Facebook Scholarship Badge Never
30 Scholarship PointsRefer an eligible student to Like our Facebook page 30 days
30 Scholarship PointsYouTube Subscription to our channel Never
15 Scholarship PointsYouTube video or .MPG4 file of scholar praising NAAS Scholarships Never
Merit Scholarship Points for Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-aid

Monday, September 3, 2012

Dedicated Mom's Scholarship Channel

We encourage all Mom's organizations as well as women's groups that provide scholarship, financial-aid, or financial-counseling to women, to consider a listing in  our local Mom's Scholarship Directory channel.

We encourage all women, and moms who are seeking scholarships, financial-aid,  to explore the great opportunities that we sponsor

Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-aid for Women/Moms

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Business Tip of the Month: Avoid FaceBook Ads

Purchasing a Facebook Ad is one of the worst investments a business can make. It is much better to write compelling content. Some persons believe that the FaceBook business model is based upon deceit and fraud. Motivated critics have even went so far as investigating FaceBook Ad 'clicks', and some have reached the conclusion that many Facebook ad 'clicks' are generated by suspicious bots or other automated means.

At the same time, of course, Facebook prohibits its own users from using automated bots. Facebook is like a gigantic collection of useless parts that emits a foul odor whereupon curious onlookers flock. Hence, the large number of Facebook users.

The real value of Facebook is really not much more different than a heavily-trafficked Forum board.

In due time, I would not be at all surprised that Mark Zuckerberg, the person who apparently lifted the idea of Facebook from the pockets of Harvard personnel, will be found to be little different from Lance Armstrong; a hugely successful cheater.

Let's consider the facts about FaceBook. FaceBook, Inc DOES cheat, and FaceBook is DISHONEST per an FTC ruling this year. Fearful that Facebook would disable its Facebook account, FTC personnel DID NOT fine FaceBook for violating the privacy rights of consumers. The same FTC personnel slapped Google with a record fine for a much less serious infraction.

Is Facebook slick artist Mark Zuckerberg really the Lance Aermstrong of Social Media? Be cautious before purchasing any Facebook ads. Very few Facebook users click on Facebook ads. The ad space you buy may simply be a magnet for facebook bots.

Another routine scheme used by FaceBook is the fake post. FaceBook tricks people into believing they are "posting" content on independent third-party timelines, but in reality the "posted" content is ONLY visible to the same I.P. that posted it. This tactic is called MIRAGE POST-FRAUD (failure to provide Honest Services as required by U.S. federal laws).

It is a matter of debate about the extent of FaceBook fraud. However, it is believed in some circles that FaceBook Inc fraud is extensive. For more information about Facebook, please purchase our soon-to-be-released book detailing the tactics used by Facebook Inc to cheat consumers, advertisers, and why Facebook ads are NOT effective.

Much of the details of the book come directly from a former Facebook employee, whose relative was awarded a scholarship from National Academy of American Scholars several years ago.

We believe the true value of Facebook stock is really less than $5.00.

If FaceBook were really providing a legitimate service, then it would not have to engage in desperation tactics, censorship of legitimate products, and services, and what many consider to be deceitful conduct, etc. All of these tactics and the culture of FaceBook Inc. will cause the company to fail in due time.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Scholarship Points applies for Scholarship Points trademark

On August 15th, 2012, ScholarshipsPoints.Com embarked upon the risky business of seeking a U.S. Trademark/Service mark registration for the phrase “ScholarshipPoints.” However, the U.S. Trademark application submitted by ScholarshipPoints.Com (SeriaL Number 85704330) comes AFTER several years of use of the term “ScholarshipPoints”, and after the company has accumulated over 200,000 FaceBook Likes, and over 52,000 Twitter followers while **sharing use of the phrase Scholarship Points.

More importantly, there is little likelihood that any value will come from the newly submitted trademark application of ScholarshipPoints because there is little chance of its approval. The phrase ScholarshipPoints does not meet the legal standards of registration based upon sound legal grounds, and based upon the fact that the phrase scholarship points is also used by National Academy of American Scholars and **many other organizations to engage students and to distribute scholarship merit points for award consideration.

It is important to note that National Academy of American Scholars also uses scholarship merit points to determine, classify, and categorize scholarship applicants. We have used scholarship points for over 20 years. We encourage the U.S. Trademark office to use sound legal judgement, and then politely recite the legal facts as to why the phrase "scholarshippoints" does not merit legal protection.

We congratulate Scholarship Points on its continuing social media success. However, the ill-advised trademark application submitted by ScholarshipPoints.Com is not surprising considering the lack of general qualifications and minimal credentials needed for a student to obtain a monthly “scholarship” from ScholarshipPoints.

For scholarships, grants, and financial-aid options that will impress colleges, employers, and community leaders, we recommend that students first consider scholarships, grants, and financial-aid options that are actually sponsored by National Academy of American Scholars.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-aid for Moms, Women

We encourage local Moms, single mothers, and students who are looking for a great source of scholarships, grants, and financial-aid, to explore the great opportunities that we sponsor Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-aid for Women/Moms

Friday, August 10, 2012

Unused Scholarship Funds

Most would agree that America's economic crisis has taken its toll on colleges, students and families. Tuition continues to climb as a result of imploded state budgets while the funds to pay for college has become increasingly harder to obtain.

Nonetheless, National Academy of American Scholars is still sponsoring over $1 million worth of Scholarships, Grants, and Loans. In fact, over $100,000 in scholarships, grants, and financial-aid targeted specifically for high-school seniors went unused last year because too many high-school counselors did not distribute literature sponsored and approved by National Academy of American Scholars.

At a time when families are struggling with unemployment and strained resources, it is not only unethical but outrageous that professional, employed, and working guidance counselors would not offer FREE informaion to students and parents seeking resourceful information about scholarships, grants, and financial-aid.

If you are a student attending any high-school in the U.S.A. and your guidance counselor DID NOT inform you or at least share information on their respective web site (via a shared link) about the numerous scholarships, grants, and financial-aid sponsored by National Academy of American Scholars then you have a legitimate complaint for misfeasance; U.S. Guidance counselors have a legal and binding duty to discharge their statutory obligations; and it is an established rule of tort and civil laws that an action lies in favour of persons injured (i.e. eligible scholarship students and unemployed parents) by misfeasance, i.e. by negligence of guidance counselors in discharge of their legal duty to share with students resourceful and valuable financial-aid information.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Experts Claim Las Vegas, NV the worst city in the nation for education

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter delivered a keynote address during the Department of Defense (DoD) Worldwide Education Symposium and Expo at the MGM Conference, on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Sin City and what some consider as the HIV Capital of the World: Las Vegas, Nevada.

Just a day earlier, electronic evidence indicates that Vegas.Com had cryed and pooh-poohed to FaceBook Inc that Scholarships, Grants, and Loans was posting SPAM to its accounts. In fact, Scholarships, Grants, and Loan was providing far more resourceful, valuable, and meaningful information than the scantily-clad, useless, half-naked pictures that Vegas.Com routinely posts on its Vegas.Com social media channels.

I guess this POST is SPAM also that deserves to be censored.

How is the picture of half-naked women going to benefit students in Nevada or Facebook users? These are the type of senseless pictures routinely posted by Vegas.Com; one of the biggest print advertisers in Nevada. Billboards of Vegas.Com consume freeway travel routes to Southern California, and Arizona, and Utah. Tourists are surely tired of seeing smut-like images that encourage the wasteful practice of gambling and that demean the intelligence of women.

We thank the the U.S. Department of Education and other experts for exposing the fact that education in the State of Nevada is a mirage, a fraud, and essentially non-existent. Teachers of the Clark County School District are amongst the worst in the world, let alone the U.S.A; statistics and critics support this contention.

Many Clark County teachers are so lazy that they assign students to grade and teach other students; yet, these same teachers want a full salary and benefits for working part-time on a full-time shift. When their wages are threatened, Clark County teachers immediately seek out the Socialist union that represents teachers. Students are placed at the bottom; students and parents have to pay more for less services.

Students in Clark County Nevada, have been short-changed so many times by the Clark County School District that few even trust the school district. For example, parents report the fact that many software programs run by the School District (i.e., Parent Link, etc.) do not work but teachers want to immediately receive their salaries.

Unqualified teachers in the Clark Count School System are routinely shuffled and rotated from school to school, although they may not have any specific skill or training in the area in which they are being assigned. The Union makes it difficult to fire or terminate a free-loading and incompetent teacher.

It should be no surprise that Vegas.Com cried like a baby to Facebook Inc to censor Scholarships, Grants, and Financial-aid from Nevada students. Nevada students need an education, and they need qualified teachers, and they need a voice. Scholarships, Grants, and Loans WILL NOT be censored or deprived of providing accurate and truthful information about the pitiful state of affairs of Nevada education and how students are being short-changed.

National Academy of American Scholars was founded in 1988, and predates both Facebook Inc. and In 15 years, FaceBook will be like AOL; a forgotten entity.

It is clear that Vegas.Com is not going to provide any scholarships, grants, or financial-aid to a single Nevada student from the sin wages it receives from its advertisers; alcohol, gambling, casinos; soft or semi-porn images; and who's who list of sin companies that use the game of chance to lure quarters, dollars, and hard-earned wages. You cannot purchase your way into Heaven with the wages of sin; too bad Steve Wynn.

In fact, gambling of all forms should be outlawed and banned in America. America rose to industrial prominence not by gambling, and casinos, but by hard-work, ethics, and creativity.

Gambling is a dumb-man's game. Gambling is wasteful, non-productive, socially destructive, encourages and promotes other crimes, and is designed to enrich the privileged few who qualify for gaming licenses that are in fact issued subject to favoritism, discrimination, and tainted social connections. Less than 1% of any African-American has a gaming license in Nevada, but the poor chaps account for over 35% of revenue generated. Less than 3% of Latinos own a Nevada gaming license. No locally-born Asians own a gaming license.

We oppose CENSORSHIP, and we opposed all forms of gambling. Las Vegas, NV has relied upon gambling for decades, and Las Vegas, NV students have been at the bottom of education for decades. A culture of gambling does not mix well with education.

Gambling, such as that promoted by, will always seek to be placed ahead of the student's best interest.

Once again, thank you U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter. We appreciate you exposing the sad condition of Nevada education.

This post is being published pursuant to Article I of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the Constitution of the State of California.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

International Scholarship Registrations accepted.

We welcome International Scholars and students from partner countries to register for our International Scholarship competitions.
International Scholarships

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Like the NAAS FaceBook Page

NAAS FaceBook Community Page
WHEREAS, students whom LIKE the FaceBook page of National Academy of American Scholars have exhibited courage, foresight, and keen scholarly traits, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, RESOLVED, AND DECREED THAT:
  1. All FACEBOOK Likes will be credited with 20 merit points when applying for any NAAS Award; and,
  2. ALL FACEBOOK Likes will be credited with having exhibited one of the most valuable characteristics that a scholarship applicant can exhibit: the trait of Leadership and Sound Judgement.

Note: this is an increase from the prior 10 scholarship points

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Scholarship Reviews and Comments

We have updated our Scholarship Watch page. We are providing commentary analysis of major scholarship listing services, and we are inviting public input. Please refer to Scholarships

Saturday, June 16, 2012

NAAS Forms Available July 15th

Due to the incorporation of multiple new scholarship opportunities and new schools, we will be expanding our online scholarship application forms, and downloadable forms. We anticipate the update to be complete by July 15th, 2012. Please follow our FaceBook page for updates as well.

Monday, June 11, 2012


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Monday, June 4, 2012

New NAAS Scholarship Registration forms coming

For the 2012-13 term, we all introducing an all-new NAAS electronic submission forms for students whom wish to submit their forms electronically. We will retain the ability for students who may also wish to submit forms via the U.S. mail. Unless your school is a paid subscriber, forms submitted via the U.S. mail will incur a processing fee(s).

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May 15th Deadline is today!

The last date to submit completed NAAS Application forms for the XXIII term is May 15th, 2012. Please make sure that if you are submitting forms without an official NAAS Subscriber ID that you submit the corresponding processing fee.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 15th 2012 Deadline

The deadline to submit applications for the 2012 term is May 15th, 2012. Remember: If your school has not secured or obtained an NAAS Institutional Subscriber ID, or you did not request and receive a complimentary subscriber ID by March 15th, 2012, then you remit the corresponding processing fee along with your completed application.

NAAS May 1st Deadline Passed

The May 1st deadline to request application for the XXIII term has passed. We are still accepting Scholarship Registrations for new and exciting scholarships for the Fall 2012.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


We all understand and appreciate the fact that many organizations, government leaders, educational institutions, scholars, and corporations have a high regard for the superior NAAS brand, and the integrity of National Academy of American Scholars.

However, this respect and appreciation does not mean that we will simply accept the blatant infringement of the NAAS brand.

According to their website, the National Association of Arms Show has "charted an ambitious program for the coming year. Our objective is to preserve and strengthen gun shows all across America, and we will need your help to accomplish these objectives." Correction: You are going to an NAAS License to use the trademark in the marketing and promotion of the NAAS label.

The National Association of Arms Show goes on to state: "The Obama administration has decided to wait for the right moment politically to move forward with their radical gun-control agenda...." When is the right moment to legitimize your use of the NAAS label by paying the appropriate license fee or displaying the NAAS.ORG website at all gunshows all over the country? Ok!

Wait a moment. What is more radical? a.) infringing upon a registering trademark, diluting the value of a registered trademark by linking the NAAS label to attacks upon the political policies of a U.S. President? or b.) A piece of political legislation that attempts to democratically address the concern of gun owners? The NAAS label is a registered trademark. Just like Apple, Microsoft, IBM, McDonalds, etc. What part of this fact does Robert Templeton, the so-called President of "NAAS" does not understand? Since Mr. Temple declined to obtained an official NAAS license, and apparently put his money behind his policital rhetoric that would justify his beliefs, and cause, we had no choice but to initiate legal action that resulted in the termination of his website.

Trademark Infringement is a federal criminal. If you are attempting to use the NAAS label for political causes, selling products or memberships under the NAAS label, or seeking to commercialize the NAAS brand in any way, form, or fashion, without valid approval or authorization from the registered trademark owner then it is only a matter of time that your scheme will be stopped.

Learn the lessons of others. Is public humiliation and embarrassment and the potential fines and legal fees really worth it, or do you have any intelligence or moral character to develop and create a label entirely different from labels associated with National Academy of American Scholars.??

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Benefits of NAAS Scholarship Text Alerts

Using the Free NAAS Scholarship Text Alert tool:
NAAS scholarship text alerts is a free service for students and parents. We provide instant text alerts about new and exciting scholarship opportunities in the U.S.A. When a new or ongoing scholarship sponsor offers a new award, we provide a text alert.
Text SCHOLARSHIPS to 99000 to receive
NAAS Scholarship Text Alerts for free.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Society Must Share Responsibility for High School Education

In an effort to reshape public education in New England so that it is more effective, equitable and better organized to prepare all learners for success, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) promotes student-centered approaches to learning at the high school level. As part of this work, NMEF has released a report, It Takes a Whole Society: Opening Up the Learning Landscape in the High School Years. The report says that rethinking the high school experience to engage outside-of-school partners can provide more effective and personalized learning experiences. Throughout the years, National Academy of American Scholars has reviewed, and offered opinions on topics generated by Nellie Mae. The latest report underscores the need for educstors to be vigilant about pursuing the correct course to correct the downward spiral of education in certain sectors and regions.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

NAAS Imposters; April 2012 Report; Endorsement by American Association for the Advancement of Science

National Academy of American Scholars has been recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as evidenced by their use of the NAAS brand throughout their website. In selective approved cases, use of the NAAS brand constitutes endorsement of NAAS products and services. The NAAS brand is the defacto standard for integrity, reliability, and academic scholarship; this fact is recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Any domain name that uses the NAAS label without specific authorization of and approval from the trademark registrant of record or National Academy of American Scholars is in fact illegal and a direct violation of U.S. Trademark laws. To date, we have discovered these domain names as illegal:

April 2012 Report of
Illegitimate NAAS Domain Nmes
We will drive down the value of any and ALL illegal domain names that infringe upon the NAAS label, and will file public and private legal (civil and criminal) complaints against persons that aid or abet trademark infringement.

If your company is a domain-name reseller, or web hosting company and you are assisting, aiding, or abetting, or any way performing any act(s) that may be construed as promoting the marketing, sale, or transfer of such domain name(s) then your company will be rated an 'F' and publicly labeled as engaging in criminal conduct since the U.S. Trademark Act does in fact prohibit trademark infringement.

If you are an attorney looking to churn fees by filing trademark applications that have little possibility of approval or that you know or reasonably expect will be disputed then please understand that Pre-Emptive Complaints will be lodged in your judicial district casting your reputation and integrity into question, and appropriate complaints will be filed against the State Bar organizations you are a member of. Your career as an attorney, and all cases that you have appeared in will be scrutinzed.

If your company desires to license the NAAS brand in exchange for appropriate monetary compensation or cross-promotion then we welcome your inquiry.

Monday, April 2, 2012

May 1st Application Deadline Approaching

The schedule for the XXIII NAAS Award Application process is as follows:
May 1st 2012 is the deadline to request application via the U.S. mail
May 1st 2012 is the deadline to request application via special text to 99000: Scholarships
May 1st 2012 is the deadline to register your name and address for the NAAS XXXIII term for free NAAS Application forms.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Text SCHOLARSHIPS to 99000 for free forms.

An NAAS Scholarship Text Alert:
Text SCHOLARSHIPS to 99000 to receive
NAAS Platinum,Gold,Silver, Bronze, NAAS-II applications via the U.S. mail.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Free Applications Are Still Available

The deadline to receive a complimentary NAAS Subscriber ID for students has expired. The last date was March 15th, 2012. However, students may still request NAAS Platinum,Gold, Silver, Bronze, and NAAS-II forms by simply registering with National Academy of American Scholars at the NAAS.ORG webaite. Please refer to NAAS Registration

Sunday, March 11, 2012

NAASMobile.Com is Open

NAASMobile.Com is now open. NAASMobile.Com is the desktop, and mobile publishing arm of NAAS-USA FUND, Inc. NAASMobile.Com offers its services in the U.S.A. and worldwide. If you have a project and want the help of dedicated professionals, please contact NAASMobile.Com, or request a free quote to get started today. Whatever your budget or project, NAASMobile.Com has college-educated, and skilled programmers who can assist you!

Regardless of what country, city, territory, or province you are in, NAASMobile.Com offers access to the highest of American expertise, education, and outstanding programming skills. No matter the stage of your idea, even if on a napkin, we can bring your concept to life and fuel its spirit into a dominating presence.

NAASMobile.Com will create, and design desktop websites, as well as websites for high-end mobile platforms. NAASMobile.Com can use the most simplest to the most advanced programming techniques you desire. Think of NAASMobile.Com as designers and creators. Depending upon your budget and desires, NAASMobile.Com can create the most basic of websites (Kia) to the exotic and powerful Ferrari of websites. How does NAASMobile.Com it? The experience of NAASMobile.Com ranges from HTML5, PHP, CSS, Unix, MySQL, FTP, Perl, CGI, Mult-Media (audio,music, photographic, and video embedded websites), java-script, Google Webmaster Tools, Content Management Systems, Audio Books, C-programming, Flash animations, Flash-in-Flash animations, custom shopping carts, audio books, SMF Forum creation, maintenance, and customization, as well as Zen Cart shopping cart design, and super powerful, non-public PHP scripts.

In-order to enhance the user experience, NAASMobile.Com designs websites that are programmed to load fast, and be dynamic. Contact An NAASMobile.Com Project Coordinator ensures that each project meets the expectations of the client. Contact NAASMobile.Com today, and fill-out a quote form today.

NAAS Online Applications

NAAS Online Applications cannot be activated with complimentary NAAS Subscriber IDs. Complimentary NAAS Subscriber IDs are only available to students. This campaign will end March 15th, 2012. We urge institutions to purchase an NAAS Institutional Subscriber ID.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Top 10 Marketing & Sales Tips to Help You Succeed in 2012

A new year, a new set of goals and aspirations! Whether your business works on a calendar or school year planning cycle, starting off 2012 with a pause to reflect on marketing and sales strategy always makes sense. With a marketplace that continues to be tight on spending—both at schools and in our own businesses—you need to make every part of your plan count. Come back to this blog, and read more about our tips.

Tips for Winning Scholarships and Financial-aid

Many of you mave noticed some new features on the NAAS.ORG website. We have introduced a feature for daily scholarship tips for winning scholars and financial-aid. Please be sure to browse our pages for the great financial deals we have.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fee or No Fee? What's up with NAAS Awards?

There appears to be some confusion about NAAS Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in turns of processing fees or application fees. Specifically, IS THERE A PROCESSING FEE FOR ANY NAAS Award?? I want a straight answer!! Ok. The answer to this question is very simple. However, it needs clarification because of the different methods of requesting and receiving application forms and the need to minimize costs accordingly.

Students who have signed up to receive NAAS Scholarship Text Alerts will receive free access to NAAS Award application forms, a complimentary NAAS Subscriber ID and they pay no fees as long as the application is submitted digitally. However, if they have no Institutional NAAS Subscriber ID and submit their forms via U.S. mail then a fee will accrue.

Students who have registered their name and mailing address, and email address with National Academy of American Scholars will receive free access to NAAS Award application forms, a complimentary NAAS Subscriber ID and they pay no fees as long as the application is submitted digitally. However, if they have no Institutional NAAS Subscriber ID and submit their forms via U.S. mail then a fee will accrue.

Students of NAAS Subscriber ID schools are not subject to any fee(s) regardless of the mode or manner of application submission or requests.

Therefore, the answer is very simple. Submit your forms online and pay no fees; or, submit applications via the U.S. mail and pay a fee. Is that a simple explanation?? I think so. I hope so. Good luck!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grants

Learning Forward has received a $999,795.00 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further its efforts in providing support to states adopting and implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The grant will also support Learning Forward to create iPD (innovative professional development) technology and to continue its work in creating a statewide, comprehensive professional learning system to support educators as they implement CCSS and new student assessments.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Teachers Want More Access to Classroom Tech

PBS LearningMedia announced today findings from a national survey of teachers grades pre-K-12 that sheds light on the rising role of technology in America's classrooms, as well as barriers teachers face to accessing the "right" digital resources. Ninety-one percent of teachers surveyed reported having access to computers in their classrooms, but only one-in-five (22 percent) said they have the right level of technology. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of teachers cited budget as the biggest barrier to accessing tech in the classroom. In low-income communities, this is an even greater challenge as 70 percent of teachers reported it as the greatest obstacle

Monday, February 13, 2012

Directory of Scholarships and Financial-Aid
National Academy of American Scholars is building the World's Largest database of free Scholarship and financial-aid listings. There will be no requirement to register ANY user name or password. Simply stay tuned to NAAS.ORG for details.
Please make sure that you explore the NAAS.ORG website for great deals.
NAAS Scholarship and Financial-Aid Directory

Over $1 million worth of financial-aid is sponsored by
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Text SCHOLARSHIPS TO 99000 for NAAS Applications by...

Text SCHOLARSHIPS to 99000 to receive
NAAS Platinum,Gold,Silver, Bronze, NAAS-II applications via the U.S. mail
Do you need NAAS Award applications via the U.S. mail?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Digitial Classroom by National Academy of American Scholars

According to the findings from a national survey (PBS LearningMedia) of teachers grades pre-K-12, American students and administrators are relying upon the rising role of technology in America's classrooms. This dependence has its blessings and shortcomings.

National Academy of American Scholars predicts that the Digital Classroom will arrive by 2020. As America moves towards this Digital Classroom, the need to hire qualified teachers will increase, and place further strains on the education budget. Certain sectors of Corporate America, meanwhile, will reap the awards of the iPads, tablet books, mobile classroom, etc.

What teachers and administrators, face, however, is the choice between accessing the "right" digital resources. And, what platform will prevail? Android or iOS. Ninety-one percent of teachers surveyed reported having access to computers in their classrooms, but only one-in-five (22 percent) said they have the right level of technology. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of teachers cited budget as the biggest barrier to accessing tech in the classroom.

National Academy of American Scholars is a merit-based sponsor of financial-aid, scholarships, and grants. We are at the fore-front of change. We no longer emphasize that students write to us a standard letter and send a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope to receive our literature. We simple use the NAAS short code of 99000 and students whom have the keyword know what to do. In low-income communities, however, technology is an even greater challenge. 70 percent of teachers reported it as the greatest obstacle. To reach these students, we recommend that administrators of these schools ensure that they remain on the official NAAS Mailing list. Although we discourage it, we realize that there is still a large subset of students who are reliant upon the U.S. Mail system. We recommend that the respective state Education Departments survey their respective students and parents and find the right mix of technology and old-school methods to better serve the classroom.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Update: 2012 NAAS Platinum, Gold,Silver, Bronze Applications

Hello. If you purchased any single NAAS Award Application forms on the deadline date of February 01st, 2012 of the XXII term, please note that you probably received old forms that do not reflect the current data for the XXIII term.

Updated forms have been uploaded to the NAAS Server to reflect our Los Angeles, CA office, and the most recent application instructions.

Also, the all-purpose NAAS form is the NAAS Multi-Media Packet Applications (Form 0028) because it contains the NAAS Platinum,Gold,Silver, Bronze, and NAAS-II Applications on a single 8.5 by 11 inch paper. The costs of this static packet for non-subscribers is just $4.99. However, if you are an NAAS Institutional Subscriber, your subscription allows you to receive the interactive/dynamic version, which is easier, and much faster to complete.

Students may use the school NAAS Institutional Subscriber ID to avoid any processing/administrative fee(s) if the forms are sent via U.S. mail.

The dynamic version may be transmitted via email,fax, online, or printed and sent via U.S. mail. The dynamic version allows for pause, wait, and resume of editing and it can be saved during any phase of its completion for later editing.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

NAAS Mobile Platform Updates.

We are currently updating our NAAS Mobile website. The site can only be accessed from a smartphone. It is compatible with the iOS, Android, Windows and common mobile computing platforms. We are rolling out the newly updated NAAS mobile platform in portions, and we are constantly updated its various features.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Expiration of NAAS XXII Term; Feb 1st, 2012

We would like to thank everyone for their interest in NAAS Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards. The XXII term will end at midnight tonight. Thank you for your interest in the NAAS EA/N2 000x Multi-Media forms. The deadline for the NAAS EAS/N2 Term is February 1st. 2012. Schools and institutions that were invited to participate in the upcoming XXIII term need not worry. The NAAS.ORG website will be updated to reflect the literature you received. Institutions purchasing NAAS Subscriber ID credentials for the NAAS XXIII term should wait until the XXII has officially expired until you complete and access the new XXIII forms. The new forms will be uploaded by midnight tonight. Thank you again.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hewlett Foundation Sponsors Prize to Improve Automated Scoring of Student Essays

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced last week that they will award a $100,000 prize to the designers of software that can reliably automate the grading of essays for state tests. The software competition is intended to begin to solve the problem of the high cost and the slow turnaround resulting from the time consuming and expensive task of hand scoring thousands of essays for standardized tests. These obstacles typically mean that many school systems exclude essays in favor of multiple-choice questions, which are less able to assess students’ critical reasoning and writing skills. This is a wonderful contest, and is consistent with the current design of the NAAS EAS/N2 Multi-Purpose Automated System. Essays are already graded by the NAAS EAS/N2 Form 000 automated system.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

International Sponsorship of Financial-Aid, and global Education markets

It is typical for many domestic American businesses involved in the education market to perhaps not notice the huge momentum shifts in the education market overseas. taking place globally. For example, the media reports that there’s now at least one education firm in China with a market valuation of over $4 billion and one in India easily over $1 billion. While their ripples have barely reached the U.S. market they, and other fast-growing firms around the world, tell us that education is increasingly a global business.

For this reason, National Academy of American Scholars, is intent on expanding its base of financial-aid sponsorships overseas to the growing markets abroad.

With the global need for financial-aid, the Internet is a convenient means of making international sponsorship of financial-aid a reality for Chinese, Indian, African, and European students who need funds to attend domestic or international schools.

Monday, January 23, 2012

NAAS Teacher Evaluation Study; Rep. John Kline (R-MN)

On Jan 6, Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the final two pieces of House's ESEA reauthorization package. These last two bills are a Republican effort, finalized and released after talks with Democrats on the Committee broke down. Two major studies related to teacher evaluation have also been released, one from the Gates Foundation's Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project and the second from the National Bureau of Economic Research study on the long-term effects of high value-added teachers.

Education Week released the 16th edition of it's annual Quality Counts report, focused on the nation's international standing in education, and lessons to be drawn from high-performing countries. And more information is also surfacing about states' implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Follow the NAAS NEWS Blog for more education and financial-aid news.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NAAS reports on Young Children and Digital Media

— Research by National Academy of American Scholars has indicated that Digital media has become a regular part of the media diet of children ages 0 to 8, with four in 10 2- to 4-year-olds and half (52%) of 5- to 8-year-olds using smartphones, video iPods, iPads, or similar devices. Young children’s use of everything from television to mobile devices and apps has created an articificial dependency. I doubt anyone is very surprised to learn that young children are spending more and more with the many forms of media available to them. Children age 8 and under spend an average of about three hours (3:14) a day with media, including screen media, reading, and music. Most of that time is spent with screen media: an average of 2:16 a day. Music and reading occupy an average of about a half-hour a day each (:29 for reading, :29 for music). What is surprising is how young all this starts. Children under two spend roughly an hour a day (;53) using screen media, 2- to 4-year olds spend just over two hours (2:13) and 5- to 8-year olds spend nearly three hours (2:50). And despite all the options available, most of this screen time is spent with old-fashioned TV.

New State-by-State Progress Reports

New Progress Reports Find Every State Has Room for Improvement in Making Afterschool Programs Available to All Kids Who Need Them Afterschool Alliance The new 2011 State-by-State Afterschool Progress Reports and Consumer Guides , which are being released in conjunction with Lights On Afterschool, the only national rally for afterschool, measured all 50 states on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best rating. No states received a 5 and only nine states (California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York) received a 4

Monday, January 9, 2012

Omnibus appropriations bill finalized the FY 2012 federal budget

Happy New Year everyone! Well, we are fully into the 2012. We are sad that some persons and students did not make into 2012. Our blessings go out to the families. As expected, there was a flurry of activity in Washington at the end of the year. For example, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill that finalized the FY 2012 federal budget. The Department of Education also announced its Round III Race to the Top awards, along with Promise Neighborhoods grants and the 23 highest rated projects in the 2011 Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund competition secured their required private funding, qualifying them to receive their i3 grants. Our research indicates that much of ED's energy in 2012 will be devoted to monitoring the progress of the various RTTT grantees, applying pressure where needed and help where requested and managing the ongoing NCLB waivers process.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

High-School Students Lagging in Standards, and the impact of Casinos on Education

Education studies indicate that more than 50% of students entering high school are two or more years behind in at least one subject on meeting the academic grade-level standards. On top of that, the same studies indicate that less than 40% are proficient, and only 5% are advanced. For educators, we need to therefore ask ourselves: What do we do about the more than 50% of students who are missing the necessary prerequisite skills to master their current standards? Good instructional leaders have a vision of individualizing instruction to meet the needs of individual students. Unfortunately, they lack the assessment and diagnostic tools to make this vision a reality. Some school districts, most notably, the Clark County School District in Nevada, are severely lacking in qualified, and suitable teachers that can help lower this gap. Students attending schools in "Casino" districts are most likely to suffer and are most likely to fail to achieve the required standards by the time they reach high-school. Therefore, community leaders must carefully weigh the short-term terms gains that may result from the approval and construction of casinos vs. the long-term affects on educational quality. High-performing school districts use a variety of assessments and tools to address student improvement. In the Clark County School District, for example, parents and students are being asked to cut back, sacrifice more, while the powerful student unions do everything to preserve the salaries of inefficient, and uninspiring teachers who do no more "copy and past" assignments from the Internet. Quality school districts that employ qualified teachers, on the other hand, have developed numerous hot-button gauges that tell us what standards a student has mastered or not mastered to diagnostic tools that identify skill strengths and deficiencies, and they provide authentic (created by the teacher) materials to teach valuble missing skills.