4/5/13: Utah falls short in dealing with at-risk students

April 5, 2013

By: Natalie Gochnour

Originally published in the Deseret News

The start of spring signals transition. The foothills turn green, we wear brighter colors and the blue sky makes us all feel just a little bit better. Spring brings barbecues, baseball and backyard gardening and, with any luck, the NBA playoffs for the home team. It’s a time of renewal, and after a long, cold and snowy winter, we are ready for the change.

The change of season also coincides with the upcoming graduation of approximately 33,000 Utah high school students. They will dawn their caps and gowns, plan graduation trips, find summer work and hopefully further their education in a trade or academic pursuit. With a degree in hand, they have taken the first step in building a prosperous future for themselves and our state.

Unfortunately for a large group of young adults, life is not so promising. Approximately 8,400 Utah teenagers in the class of 2013 will not graduate with their peers. They will join nearly 50,000 other high school dropouts from the past five years, many of whom form a growing underclass of Utahns. Without a degree, many of these Utahns are on a near certain path to poverty, crime and trouble.

I’m not an education researcher. I’m not able to pinpoint the right public intervention. I’m not qualified to propose a solution. I only know we owe it to these young adults and the broader economy to do better.

I have a hunch the path to dropping out starts early in a child’s life. The pattern works something like this: beautiful children of promise are born under unequal circumstances. The children born to homes with supportive families and stable incomes have the wind at their backs. These children grow and develop their sense of purpose, self-image and talents. They have their struggles, but most make it through the public education system and find ways to give back to the system that created them.

The children born under trying circumstances — poverty, drug use, mental and physical abuse, lack of adult support — have the wind in their faces as they try to make it in this world. Every step of their development faces greater risk and the cost to society grows as their needs go unmet. Many don’t make it.

We have clear indicators of the income disparity and divergent educational outcomes that exist in our state. Consider Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City where approximately 1 in 10 students received free or reduced lunch last year. It won’t surprise you that 91 percent of the school’s students are proficient in language arts and math.

Now travel 15 minutes west to Backman Elementary, where approximately 9 in 10 students received free or reduced lunch last year and the math and reading proficiency rates are in the 50 percent range.

Utah — for all of its love of children and commitment to families and contributions to the national and world economies — falls seriously short in helping at-risk students. While improving, Utah’s high school graduation rate ranks in the bottom half of the country. And the data is clear — high school dropouts during their lifetime will make far less income, experience higher rates of unemployment and require greater levels of public assistance. Many will suffer because of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, abortion and crime. Far too many will end up behind bars.

As Utahns, we own these problems. We can pay now or pay a lot more later. These are our kids. They are our future. It’s time to make them a priority.

Natalie Gochnour is an associate dean at the David Eccles School of Business and director of The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Gambling Reveals To Bring Benefits To US Economy

November 23, 2011

Have you ever experienced to win a casino reward or slot jackpot? Probably, you are not so much into the gambling industry and you’re simply happy to play your weekly Powerball ticket, but if you won at least once the lottery or a smaller prize, then Lady Luck helped not only your personal financial situation to grow but also the State’s economy.

In fact, every time a gambler has the good luck to win a prize, also the State or Country will get its part of financial resources after that winning – which is the reason why in most countries of the globe gambling is legal or it’s on the way to become legal.

RevenuesA Fervent Industry – The Gambling World

Actually, the gambling industry turns out to be a very lucrative sector. Just consider that in the US so many pieces are moving into the pattern of the gambling industry, which brings to more profits for the States that host land based casinos and game rooms of all types (as far as these are legally authorized!).

The American economy takes a large revenue from the gambling activity of its citizens and, why not?, even of millions of tourists who each year fly to the New Continent to play in Las Vegas casinos.

The American Gaming Association financed also a technical report on the gambling industry’s economical impact in the US.

Ladbrokes – From UK With Passion!

Similarly, on the other side of the ocean the gambling industry is also acquiring new weights to put on the balance of the economical wealth of countries where it’s developing larger. The UK with Ladbrokes is the most advanced place in the world as to sports betting and games of all types.

In fact, the Ladbrokes company is growing at a really impressive speed which gives experts plenty of room to figure out the next developments.

Today, the initially sports bookmaker Ladbrokes company is successfully involved in more markets:

  • Sports betting
  • Exchange sports betting
  • Casino and live casino game
  • Games
  • Poker and more table games
  • Slots and pokies for everyone
  • Bingo in many new variants
  • Lotto, featuring most played lotteries   

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Now, it’s really interesting to check out the reasons why the Ladbrokes company is growing so quickly and smoothly into the gambling industry. Not all companies that are involved in this industry reveal to grow at the same impressive speed!

  • Affiliation programs: this is the most direct and effective way to grow at all levels, involving more customers in the globe to join  
  • Countless land based shops and casinos, along with 13 tailored online venues
  • Special advantages for ne affiliates who decide to join the team of Ladbrokes
  • Many player bonuses released in the course of the year
  • Additional game features that make the Ladbrokes gaming sector a really unique and attractive pool of innovative and superb games

Financial Features For Ladbrokes Affiliates

Economically speaking, the Ladbrokes company is a relevant piece in the gaming industry on a global level. Clearly, new affiliates can expect best financial services and 100% verified and protected money transfers and transactions.

Moreover, all payments from the Ladbrokes company to the affiliates are safe and punctual, for lucrative commission plans and advantageous promotions.