Daily Digest: Primary math, 9th grade college-seekers, F-bomb dropping police chief

John Hageman

–Math is not favoring the non-Romneys.

Romney won six of the 10 states participating in Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, with New Gingrich taking Georgia and Rick Santorum winning North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee.The three other major candidates have said they will continue on, but time is running out for them to make a serious run.

For a candidate to win the GOP nomination, they need to garner at least 1,144 delegates from the caucuses and primaries, according to the Washington Post.

After Super Tuesday’s contests, Romney has 415 delegates while Santorum has 145 in second place. While Romney has a long way to go to secure the nomination, the math doesn’t favor the other candidates.

“Delegate-wise, it’s virtually impossible for Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich to get to 1,144,” Josh Putnam, a Davidson College professor who is an expert on the primary and caucus rules told the Post.

But other candidates, including Ron Paul with his paltry 47 candidates, plan to continue.

Check out this interactive primary and caucus results page from the Post.

 

–Some for-profit high schools are getting their students to prepare to search for colleges by the ninth grade, according to the New York Times.

But private schools are taking a different, more traditional approach of starting that process by the 11th grade.

Both are trying to answer the same question: “Is it better to get a jump on the process but risk turning high school into a staging ground for college admission? Or is it preferable to start later, when students are more developmentally prepared but perhaps missing opportunities to plan hobbies, choose classes and secure summer internships?”

Proponents of starting early argue that it helps focus students on a particular area of study, which will impress colleges. But other argue that starting the process early will cause students to focus on the competition of getting into elite colleges rather than developing interests.

 

–Police officers in Virginia, Minn. say they don’t want to work for their boss, police chief Dana Waldron, and the mayor has tried to fire him.

But he wants to remain at his post, according to the Star Tribune.

“Subordinates and superiors alike say the 32-year Virginia police officer, who has been chief for the past nine years, is vindictive and has an anger problem that showed itself when he yelled the "F-word" at both a boss and a fellow department head.”

Civil service rules have protected the chief from being fired, and last year he turned down an opportunity to retire with a $60,000 severance package.

Waldron’s attorney, Gregg Corwin, told the Strib that the officers in the Virginia department "are like a bunch of spoiled children" who don't respect Waldron’s authority.