American students overall score poorly in math and science against other developed nations. And even students from our best high schools often score less well than students from Finland, Hong Kong and major cities in China, such as Shanghai, which alone has about the population of California.

When I see “help wanted” signs across the community, I can’t help but wonder how many jobs remain unfilled because they won’t consider someone who has a mistake in their past?

There is a push to erect a statue of Ronald Reagan on the Illinois Capitol lawn. Scott Reeder weighs in this self adulation politicians practice toward the political class