As I was reading through the article Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, the following fact jumped out at me:
“Under the Obama administration, education has become an urgent priority driven by two
• We will raise the proportion of college graduates from where it now stands (around
41 percent) so that 60 percent of our population holds a two-year or four-year degree by 2020.
• We will close the achievement gap so that all students graduate from high school ready
to succeed in college and careers” (pg. ix).
I am left wondering, how exactly is this going to happen with all the talk from politicians about cutting education funding? From all of the major players in the upcoming election cycle, education seems to be at best a second thought and at worst an example of the issues with government regulation. It seems as if everyone wants to cut education funding. Yet, there are reports such as this U.S. Department of Education report, Comparability of State and Local Expenditures Among Schools Within Districts: A Report From the Study of School-Level Expenditures which states,
“Within districts that had both Title I and non-Title I schools, more than 40 percent of Title I schools had lower personnel expenditures per pupil than did non-Title I schools at the same school grade level. Similarly, more than one-third of higher-poverty schools had lower per-pupil personnel expenditures than lower-poverty schools in their districts. In addition, between 39 to 47 percent of Title I districts had lower per-pupil expenditures in their Title I schools than in their non-Title I schools at the same grade level.”
Full report below:
So my question is, how much more are we going to cut? If we are so willing to divide up resources unequally and cut funding more, then our schools are going to suffer even more than they already do. How are the goals above ever going to be met? We can’t raise our two-year and four-year degree numbers if we are continuously flushing primary and secondary education down the toilet. It isn’t possible!
I think we need to be spending more on education, not less. And we need more options – more charter schools, smaller classes with solid teachers, better resources, and simply more attention to our children’s education at home.