It is a terrible injustice. That mean old Bush administration came up with an oppressive policy called "No Child Left Behind" which mandated that schools across the nation establish some standards for graduation and then test students to see they achieved those goals.
Note that the feds don't set the standard or write the test. The states, through their own local state departments of education and school administrators develop the standards and the evaluation. The feds merely insure that the state program is at or above the minimum.
In Texas, the evaluation is called TAKS: Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Students get tested at three points during their K-12 education. By the time they get to grade 12, they are at a graduate or not point. Don't pass the TAKS and you don't get a piece of paper saying you are as good as the minimally acceptable national education standard. Ahhhh, the humanity...
So, here is the page one, above-the-fold story in today's Dallas Morning News Avoider:
Poor Ebonee Done 12 Years and Can't Solve for Y
She is 18 years old and "pretty". She's put in all those years, but naturally reserved time for "clubbing" with her "home-girls". She tries repeatedly and after eight shots at the minimum, she still can't get it.
Along the way she had time to get knocked up and now has a little baby to keep her company. The sperm donor sent her a "prison letter" to suggest that she check to see if she was preggers. He, however, would miss the delivery unless he gets time off for good behavior.
Somewhere along the way it appears she didn't pay attention in biology class either.
Is Ebonee worried? Well, yeah. She put in all these years and they haven't given her a piece of paper. She isn't overly concerned about her ignorance though. She wonders why she has to put so much effort in to learn something she plans to forget immediately.
How will she support herself and her baby? I guess that's going to be the obligation of those of us in category of wealthiest Americans.