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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.

House Leader Boehner Resurrects the D.C. Opportunity Program Vouchers

The GOP’s plan for public education is simple — get rid of it. They’re crushing public school teachers through union busting and proposals to raid retired teachers pension funds in a series of 744 bills in every state throughout the country. They also propose to eliminate the federal Department of Education by defunding it.

Parents and guardians are standing along side of teachers across the country ad are pushing back against these cuts. In a despicable effort to sway parents, Republicans’ answer is push the voucher system.

At a time when public school district budgets are being slashed and there is a highly contentious national debate about how to reform failing schools, this is one of the three “major proposals” of the education proposals in the 2012 budget proposal released today by the Republican-led House Committee on the Budget: reviving a voucher program in Washington D.C. public schools. [….]

Part of that proposal is to restore funding to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. This controversial program gave publicly funded scholarships to low-income students to attend private schools and was defunded by the last Congress.

US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R)

House Speaker John Boehner pushed the House to pass legislation to refund this program, stating that the program allowed him to attend Catholic schools helping him to become the most powerful member of Congress. In resurrecting the D.C. Opportunity Program, Boehner says he wants to give low-income D.C. students the same opportunities he had.

I doubt very seriously that the Obama administration will allow this bill to pass and be signed into law. In my opinion, the GOP strategy is to use the D.C. Opportunity Program as a national model for other states to follow. And they will in the same way that they picked up the gauntlet on union-busting and anti-choice legislation. Watch for it.


Scary: GOP’s 2012 education priorities – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post.

Oregon Gov. Seeks to Replace State Boards of Education with Oregon Education Investment Board

Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) Oregon

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber presented his bill to the state legislature that, if passed, would establish the Oregon Education Investment Board, tasked with overseeing budgets from pre-kindergarten to university level schools. The new single board would replace the state boards of education.

Without a doubt, education funding and budgeting is complicated at every level. I wonder if lumping it all under one roof will make the process run more efficient, and more fair, or will it further complicate matters. According to Kitzhaber, “The state needs to move from a funder to an investor,” Kitzhaber said. And the money each program gets “needs to be based on outcomes rather than seat time.”

Definitely a business-like approach, focusing on results. That’s all fine and good. any good business-person is going to seek to get the best bang for their buck. But when dealing with education, we’re not dealing with business models, we’re dealing with children who come with a variety of needs and abilities. Will Kitzhaber’s new funding be able to effectively deal with all the issues that educators face? Is his new plan more of a one-size-fits-all? If it is, that won’t work.

So here’s my question to my readers. Do you think state education funding would work better at the state level thrown into one pot, or as it is now? Or, perhaps you have different ideas on funding. Please share.

At a news conference, he surrounded himself with every top education official in the state to tout his bill that would establish the Oregon Education Investment Board. The board would replace the state boards of education and higher education, and would oversee spending on all facets of learning. … “The state needs to move from a funder to an investor,” Kitzhaber said. And the money each program gets “needs to be based on outcomes rather than seat time.”

Kitzhaber pushes for 1 board to oversee education, pre-kindergarten through grad school | OregonLive.com.

Vice Pres. Biden, Sec. Duncan and others focus on Campus Rape

Officials also gathered in Hampton VA to discuss college campuses and sexual assault. A recent report showed one out of 10 women will be sexually assaulted on campus. Many go unreported.

Last week, American University students stage a protest sit-in on the University’s decision not to seek federal $300,000 in funding for a comprehensive sexual assault prevention program.

After failing to convince the administration to budge in a campus meeting last night, protests began in earnest this morning. The Department of Justice Violence Against Women Act grant would have been due today. [….]

After the protests, AU agreed in writing “work with students and the campus life staff to develop a comprehensive plan of action” on sexual assault over the next year, including holding an open forum to present that plan by Oct. 15.”

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Education 2010 New Website Updates

Education 2010 used to have its own social network. Not many people signed up like we have on our Facebook group. Facebook is free while our old network was not. Maintaining the network (which came with a monthly fee that wasn’t cheap) consisted primarily of scouring for spammers who need a live network where they can easily enter and set up their spam folders.

Facebook is an incredible social networking tool and we decided to keep our growing group, Education 2010, that is currently 700 members strong (we have a FB fan page but its no where near as popular as our group).  We closed our network and decided to stop helping spammers spread their ilk and launched a website.

The goal of E2010’s website is to be a resource tool with lots of links to valuable research and reports that focus on awareness and problem solving about sustainable education, as well as be a resource of tools and tips for students, parents and teachers.

Today, two new resource areas were added, NoDropouts and Race and Education. Stop by and check us out. And if you’ve got a website or any online tools you want to share, please drop a line to info@E2010.org and we’ll post it.

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