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A Gem Within the Sad State of Local Public Education

U.S. News and World Report recently conducted its 2008 Best High Schools ratings. Unsurprisingly, Atlantic City High School did not make the list. They are rumoured to appear in the forthcoming 2008 Worst High Schools.

It was surprising to find only one Atlantic County high school honored. No, that school is not Mainland. Atlantic County Vocational-Technical School is featured. Vo-Tech received a bronze medal from U.S. News. We salute and applaud the faculty and cooperating students at Vo-Tech. Atlantic City youth have at least one decent high school to attend.

Today, the pool of labour talent is drying up like Atlanta’s drinking water. There is a shortage of skilled laborers. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and painters are in high demand. There has not been a response of young people to fill that need. I do not blame young people; I blame our political leaders and law enforcement.

The refusal of Atlantic City law enforcement to enforce the law with illegal aliens is disgusting. Chief Mooney is proud of enforcing jay-walking laws, while illegal aliens take many contracting, construction, plumbing, and other trade jobs.

To re-focus this post, here are two ideas.

1) Atlantic City Children should be encouraged to learn the trades. Vo-Tech and apprenticeships are great ways to a bright future. Despite the frequent under-payment of illegal labor, there is still much money to be made by tradesmen.

2) Chief Mooney, enforce the immigration laws. Get a task force certified to enforce 287g. The enforcement of immigration status enables an even playing field for Atlantic City graduates of Vo-Tech. We cannot do their jobs for them, but we can ensure that they enter a fair market where laws are enforced equally for all.

(Reading – http://www.usnews.com/directories/high-schools/index_html/state_id+NJ/page_number+1/page_size+10/sort+alpha/name+/award+/school_name+/county+Atlantic/detail+less)


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


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