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Daily Archives: April 7, 2011

Bloomberg’s embattled New York schools chief quits | Reuters

Maybe Bloomberg should have hired someone for the job who had some kind of experience in education administration (government would be an added bonus).

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s embattled education chief has resigned just three months after taking the job, dealing him another political setback as his approval ratings fall in his third term.

Bloomberg had named former Hearst Magazines Chairman Cathie Black as schools chancellor in November 2010, a decision roundly criticized by teachers and parents because she lacked any experience whatsoever in either education or government.

“We both agreed it is in the city’s best interest if she steps down as Chancellor,” Bloomberg told a news conference. “I take full responsibility for the fact that this has not worked out as either of us expected.”

Bloomberg’s embattled New York schools chief quits | Reuters.

We can’t afford to cut education | Barbara Bush

The possibility of a government shutdown is worrying us all; especially people like me with close relatives actively in our military. I worry how their loved ones will make ends meet without any income coming in. But that’s another story.

Some in our government seem to be waging an internal war on our teachers and students, cutting funding for Pell grants, gutting entire programs, forcing teacher-layoffs and increasing class size. Former First Lady Barbara Bush recently wrote an op-ed about the problems Texas faces and why cuts to education would have a devastating impact on the future of Texas and its students.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Our schools are in crises:

  • We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma.
  • We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores.
  • We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.
  • Despite our outstanding universities and colleges, we also lag behind in several critical higher education criteria. For example, California has nine nationally recognized research institutions, New York has seven and Pennsylvania has four. With the University of Houston’s recent designation by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research institution, Texas, the second largest state, has four.

In light of these statistics, can we afford to cut the number of teachers, increase class sizes, eliminate scholarships for underprivileged students and close several community colleges?

At a time when the United Way estimates that the price tag for dropouts to Texas taxpayers is $9.6 billion every year, can we really afford to cut state funding for our students?

The answer is a resounding “no.” More @ We can’t afford to cut education | Viewpoints, Outlook | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities published a non-partisan report, House Bill Means Fewer Children in Head Start, Less Help for Students to Attend College …, that is an eye-opener.

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