UI’s tuition hike request once again found to be too expensive by the Idaho State Board of Ed


The University of Idaho has again received a lower tuition hike then what administrators were hoping for from the Idaho State Board of Education.  The UI asked the board Wednesday for a 6% increase in resident undergraduate tuition and fees.  That request would have raised the cost of an education at the UI next year by about 500 dollars to nearly 8,000 dollars.

After lengthy debate, the board settled on a 5% tuition and fee hike for the UI.  That increases the cost of in-state undergrad education at the UI next year by nearly 400 dollars to a total $7,862.  The UI also asked for a 6% tuition hike last year but received just a 3.5% increase.  Two years ago a 4.5% UI request was trimmed down to a 3% hike.

Some board members pointed out that UI administrators were given a tuition increase target of 3.5%.  All the other public higher education institutions in Idaho made appropriate tuition increase requests which were granted by the state board of education.


UI seeking the largest tuition hike among the state’s public higher education institutions


The University of Idaho is seeking the largest tuition increase among the state’s public higher education institutions.  The Idaho State Board of Education will consider next year’s tuition rates during its meeting Wednesday in Moscow.  The UI is asking for a 6% tuition and fee hike for in-state students.  That would increase next year’s full time tuition and fees at the UI by nearly 500 dollars to just under 8,000 dollars.  If approved it would keep the UI as the most expensive public university in Idaho.  Last year the UI asked for the same 6% tuition hike and received just a 3.5% increase. 

Boise State University is seeking a 5% tuition increase this year, Lewis-Clark State College is asking for a 4.5% hike while Idaho State University is requesting an increase of 3.5%.  The Idaho State Board of Education is scheduled to consider tuition rates at 10:30 Wednesday morning inside the Pitman Center at the UI. 

Public School Teachers Are Paid Far More Than Commonly Reported


During recent teacher walkouts in Oklahoma that captured national attention, many major media outlets reported misleadingly small figures for teacher pay. By failing to reveal all aspects of teacher compensation, these outlets hid the true costs to taxpayers—which now amount to an annualized average of about$120,000for every public school teacher in the United States.

CNN, for example, publishedan articleby Bill Weir claiming that in “most districts” of Oklahoma, “a teacher with a doctorate degree and 30 years’ experience will never make more than $50,000 a year.” That claim, which CNN neglected to document, is at odds with comprehensive data from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor. This information for Oklahoma and the entire nation follows.

For the 2016–17 school year, the Department of Education reports that the averagesalaryof full-time public school teachers was $58,950 in the U.S. and $45,245 in Oklahoma. Those figures generally exclude benefits, such as health insurance, paid leave, and pensions. These are typically much higher forgovernment employeesthan private sector workers.

According to the Department of Labor,benefitscomprise an average of 33% of compensation for public school teachers. Including benefits, teachers’ average annual compensation jumps to $87,854 in the U.S. and about $67,429 in Oklahoma. This excludes unfunded pension liabilities and certain post-employment benefits like health insurance, which are not measured by the Department of Labor.

That, however, still doesn’t tell the complete story, because full-time private industry employees work an average of37% more hoursper year than full-time public school teachers. This includes the time that teachers spend for lesson preparation, test construction and grading, providing extra help to students, coaching, and other activities. Unlike less rigorous studies, this data from the Department of Labor is based ondetailed recordsof work hours instead of subjective estimates about how long people think they work.

Accounting for the disparity between the annual work hours of full-time public school teachers and full-time private industry workers, theaverage annualized cost of employing teachers in the 2016–17 school year was $120,578 per teacher in the U.S. and about $92,545 in Oklahoma. Again, this doesn’t include certain post-employment benefits.

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Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders

NewImageVery interesting murder statistics. 

According to a 2013 PEW Research Center survey, the household gun ownership rate in rural areas was 2.11 times greater than in urban areas (“Why Own a Gun? Protection is Now Top Reason,” PEW Research Center, March 12, 2013).   Suburban households are 28.6% more likely to own guns than urban households. Despite lower gun ownership, urban areas experience much higher murder rates. 

It looks to me like we have a democrat problem, not a gun problem. 

The Distribution of Murders

The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very common.

In 2014, the most recent year that a county level breakdown is available, 54% of counties (with 11% of the population) have no murders.  69% of counties have no more than one murder, and about 20% of the population. These counties account for only 4% of all murders in the country.

The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders. As shown in figure 2, over half of murders occurred in only 2% of counties.

Murders actually used to be even more concentrated.  From 1977 to 2000,on average 73 percent of counties in any give year had zero murders. Possibly, this change is a result of the opioid epidemic’s spread to more rural areas. But that question is beyond the scope of this study.  Lott’s book “More Guns, Less Crime” showed how dramatically counties within states vary dramatically with respect to murder and other violent crime rates.

You can read all about the stats and other cities over at the Crime Prevention Research Center.  

But here are two that interest me. First, Los Angeles.

Take Los Angeles County, with 526 murders in 2014, the most of any county in the US. The county has virtually no murders in the northwestern part of the county. There was only one murder each in Beverly Hills, Hawthorne, and Van Nuys. Clearly, different parts of the county face very different risks of murder.

Van Nuys isn’t known for being very safe. But apparently its safe enough from murders. 


And Chicago: 

Here are Chicago’s murders through the first 4.5 months of 2017 (there were 222 homicides by that point).  One small neighborhood, Austin, accounts over 25 murders.  But 23 of the 77 neighborhoods in the city have zero murders, and most of the 40 neighborhoods in orange have only one murder.  Twelve of the neighborhoods have 10 or more murders.


If you want some correlations, here are two:

  • Most of the murders happen where democrats are in control. 
  • Most of the murders happen where gun control laws are the most stringent. 

HT: Dave G. 

Blizzard continues in north central US

Welcome to 16 April 2018! 

More than a foot (30 cm) of snow in several states.

Even though thousands have lost power, highways are closed across the region, and hundreds of flights have been cancelled, the MSM is downplaying it by calling it a “spring storm.”

All flights were grounded Saturday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as the blizzard made it difficult to keep runways clear and planes deiced. Blizzard conditions also shut down the airport in South Dakota’s biggest city, Sioux Falls, for a second straight day. Toronto Pearson International canceled or delayed more than a third of both outgoing flights and inbound planes, and Chicago’s O’Hare also saw an impact.

Southern Minnesota and parts of Nebraska could face more than a foot of snow, the National Weather Service said. The Twin citis, could get up to 20 inches of snow (51 cm) by the time the storm ends on Sunday.

Up to 18 inches (46 cm) of snow in parts of northern Wisconsin, with another 14 inches (36 cm) expected by Sunday evening.

In South Dakota, blizzard conditions made travel all but impossible for the second straight day.  Eighteen inches (46 cm) of snow in some areas.

Michigan is expecting more snow and ice through the weekend.

Parts of Nebraska could face more than a foot of snow as the blizzard barrels through the region, the National Weather Service said on its website.

The storm will bring high winds, snow and freezing rain through the central and northern Plains, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and the Great Lakes areas as it moves east  into New York state and New England.


Via Ice Age Now

Midwest’s April chill most unusual on Earth

Via Dr. Roy Spencer


If you thought the cold April weather in the U.S. was exceptional, you are correct.

In terms of temperature departures from average so far this April, the U.S. Midwest, Northern Plains, and much of Canada have been the coldest on Earth (graphic courtesy of Weatherbell.com):

Surface temperature departures from normal for April 1 through April 15, 2018.

The areas of green have averaged at least 6 deg. F below normal, the areas in purple have been at least 13 deg. F below normal, and spots in North Dakota and Montana have averaged close to 20 deg F below normal over the last 2 weeks. In contrast, the global average temperature has been running 0.5 deg. F above the 1981-2010 average.

Snow flurries were experienced as far south as Russellville, Alabama yesterday, and flurries are still falling in portions of Tennessee. Green Bay, WI received 2 feet of new snow from the slow-moving snow and ice storm still affecting the Great Lakes region. Northern Michigan is still experiencing heavy snow, with whiteout conditions this morning at the Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas:

Sault Ste Marie – Latest spring in recorded history

Global warming will do this, don’t ‘cha know. 

“We are in uncharted territory for winter snow remaining,” say meteorologist Jerry Shields. These are “historic numbers.”

When looking at the historical records for the Sault, it is interesting to note that the most snow on the ground for April 19 and 20 is around 20cm, recorded back in 1972.

“With the current winter storm and an existing snowpack near 40cm its likely that by the end of this week, we will have more than these historic numbers. If this happens, it could be argued that we are in uncharted territory for winter snow remaining and a delay in the start of spring.

Snow tapers off the flurries Monday, with another 5-10cm of accumulation possible.