Liberal Democrat

Liberal Democrat
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Salon: Education: Philip Elliott: Report: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Needed to Fix U.S. Schools

Report: More than half a trillion dollars needed to fix U.S. schools

This spring perhaps April Congress at least in the Senate will take up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Which funds the Federal Government's involvement in public education in this country. Thats the debate that things like school construction and renovation should be talked about and debated and I don't have a problem with the Feds spending more on school construction and. Renovation which would be a big economic boost for our economy especially in the construction industry. But long term it would have bad effects for our economy if we are still ranked in the thirties worldwide when it comes to education. And we still aren't graduating enough high school students, as well as high school students who are ready for college. Another words if new Federal funding for public education in this country just goes to fund the status quo. Then it would be a bad investment that would have bad effects on our economy because we would still have a workforce thats not educated enough. And with the skills to compete in the global economy and still see American jobs that are shipped oversees.

If you fix what's wrong with public education in America, then you can talk about investing more money in things we should be spending on. But as long as educators are compensated based on how long they've been teaching and not by how well they've been teaching. And students are still forced to go to school based on where they live, not what's the best school for them. And we are still funding schools based on where they are located and not how much money they need. Then spending more on the status quo would be a bad investment.