Sandra in Brevard
In a Washington Post opinion piece, Mr. Marion Brady proposes a way to reduce the federal budget this way:
FACT: We’re told that governments at all levels—federal, state, and local—are worse than broke, and that the services they provide, including education, must be cut.Additionally, should state governments follow Mr. Brady's suggestion, the federal budget will be positively affected. Given the recent concerns expressed regarding the progress of the non-public entity producing national assessments, clearly the facts of time, money, and project scope to meet goals that exceed capability have not been adequately addressed. Under these conditions, why should that project continue?
FACT: There’s one multi-billion dollar cost of educating that’s not scheduled to be cut—high-stakes, standardized testing. In fact, Arne Duncan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, says that the number of such tests is going to significantly increase.
PROPOSAL: Given present unwillingness to fully fund education, all 50 states should immediately cancel their contracts with testing companies. What teachers did for at least a century and a half before corporate interests and politicians took over education policy they can do again, at least for the duration of the present economic emergency.
Were're not only broke, today Standard and Poors downgraded America's Debt Rating from a Stable Outlook to a Negitive Outlook. When they made the move they said that even the Republican Plans would not solve America's debt problem. At a Federal Level School Reform is being funded with borrowed money, and a lot of it.
In Florida, minutes before the State Legislature passed SB 736, Florida's Education Reform Bill promoters admitted they didn't have the money and didn't have a clue how to get it
Then they passed law anyway