Anaheim vs. Irvine Schools as Judged by George W. Bush Institute's Global Report Card

Under George W. Bush, federal funding for education increased 59.8 percent from 2000 to 2003. I don't know if American schools performed better than they had before during those years, but a "Global Report Card" from the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute suggests richer school districts do better than poorer ones.

The study's case in point: Irvine schools vs. Anaheim's.

A zoned statement from the institute is titled, "Some Orange County Students Are Failing Compared to International Competitors," and under that headline you'll find this:

Parents and educators may be surprised about how different school districts in Orange County fared: According to the Global Report Card, the highest ranked district in Orange County is Irvine which scored in the 64th percentile among global competitors in math. The lowest ranked district is Anaheim City, which ranks below most global competitors scoring only 18%. It's a broad range for one area.
The Global Report Card, which aims to educate Americans about how their schoolchildren stack up academically against others around the world, does not bring up the reason for the broad range in this one area.


It is common knowledge that in addition to wealthier Irvine parents having more time and resources to devote to helping their children after school than their working-class counterparts in Anaheim, Irvine public schools' state funding is supplemented with money from City Hall and a private foundation, which often work in concert to help keep test scores soaring.

Anaheim city leaders would be hard-pressed to kick in similar funds--not when they have another goddamn hotel builder near Disneyland with a hand out. On the bright side, there are increasingly fewer students needing help in Anaheim thanks to gang members picking off teens. (Yeah, yeah, "bright side" weren't the right words to use.)

The answer is simple: Anaheim families have to move to Irvine. Thousands of new homes are in the pipeline there, you just won't be in the shadow of the Mouse but a Great Park. Of course moving will require following Steve Martin's strategy on "How to Make a Million Dollars."

First, get a million dollars . . .


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"Irvine public schools' state funding is supplemented with money from City Hall and a private foundation, which often work in concert to help keep test scores soaring."

Actually this is because the Democrats in Sacramento have been punishing Irvine since it was formed in 1972. Instead of classifying Irvine (population 230,000) as a suburban community, the state insists on keeping Irvine classified as a rural/farm community which means that state returns to Irvine about $4M-$6M less in property taxes assigned for school funding than if it was a "suburban community". Irvine has lobbied and filed lawsuits to get this changed for decades. 

To provide enough money to the schools, the Irvine Public Schools Foundation was formed to solicit donations and the City of Irvine pledges $2M annually to make up part of the shortfall in tax dollars owed to Irvine.


Irvine is a international melting pot. You have lots of asians and arabs whos parents push their kids to educate themselves. Hence why most of them imigrate here. Land of opportunity. In anaheim you have a majority of lazy mexicans. Moms who pop out 5kids or more as their retirement. One kid is bound to make it and take care of mami and papi. But the kids dont care about education. My sister n law works with underprivelged latino kids. She her self is a latina. Her experience trying to turn these troubled kids around has been a challenge. They

only care about tge hood

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