Republicans AWOL on Education

Author’s note: This was first blogged here, March 11th, 2010. In addition, we’re switching to summary view here on the homepage.  And now I’m checking to see if another post is a sticky.

Is there a military term for absent without leaving?

Republicans recently issued the Republican Principles for Ensuring Student Success in the 21st Century, which, when we look at our current educational problems, is like trying to apply a band-aid to a severed foot.

Instead of nice sounding talk, we need true leadership and decisive action. We’re not telling kids they’ll have to skip a movie because there’s no cash. We’re telling kids they have to skip school since there’s no cash.

“Local control” and “parent involvement” will not fix our problems, but instead will mean higher property taxes and… what’s the parent involvement part? Does that mean Republicans are suggesting my dairy farmer neighbor teach a few classes, or what? Reading this plan, I don’t understand how schools will be able to budget, and I don’t see how we’ll be able to guarantee an adequate education for everyone.

Meanwhile, my Representative has been voting “No, No, No” on possible (and precious) federal educational funding, presumable out of a fear of too much government:

NO: -Appropriates $2.03 billion for fiscal year 2007-2008 and $2.73 billion for fiscal year 2008-2009 to finance an increase in Federal Pell Grants and provides for Federal Pell Grant amounts to be adjusted for inflation in award year 2011-2012 and each subsequent award year (Sec. 101).

NO: -Appropriates $2.02 billion for grants for public school facility renovation, modernization, and repair (Sec. 345).

NO: -Appropriates $1 billion per year for early education projects for fiscal years 2009-2010 to 2016-2017 (Sec. 409).

NO: -Appropriates $730 million per year for the American Graduation Initiative for fiscal years 2009-2010 to 2012-2013, and $680 million per year for fiscal years 2013-2014 to 2018-2019 (Sec. 501).

NO: -Appropriates $600 million per year from fiscal year 2009-2010 through fiscal year 2013-2014 to be distributed as grants to organizations and programs related to expansion of access to and completion of higher education (Sec. 102).

Sure, a large part of this bill intended for government student loan programs to bypass interest collecting banks (that assume no risk but still collect interest) and hand out loans directly to students… but voting “No” isn’t helping. Where’s your bill, Representative. We don’t need a band-aid.

Author’s note: This was first blogged here, March 11th, 2010. In addition, we’re switching to summary view here on the homepage.

Is there a military term for absent without leaving?

Republicans recently issued the Republican Principles for Ensuring Student Success in the 21st Century, which, when we look at our current educational problems, is like trying to apply a band-aid to a severed foot.

Instead of nice sounding talk, we need true leadership and decisive action. We’re not telling kids they’ll have to skip a movie because there’s no cash. We’re telling kids they have to skip school since there’s no cash.

“Local control” and “parent involvement” will not fix our problems, but instead will mean higher property taxes and… what’s the parent involvement part? Does that mean Republicans are suggesting my dairy farmer neighbor teach a few classes, or what? Reading this plan, I don’t understand how schools will be able to budget, and I don’t see how we’ll be able to guarantee an adequate education for everyone.

Meanwhile, my Representative has been voting “No, No, No” on possible (and precious) federal educational funding, presumable out of a fear of too much government:

NO: -Appropriates $2.03 billion for fiscal year 2007-2008 and $2.73 billion for fiscal year 2008-2009 to finance an increase in Federal Pell Grants and provides for Federal Pell Grant amounts to be adjusted for inflation in award year 2011-2012 and each subsequent award year (Sec. 101).

NO: -Appropriates $2.02 billion for grants for public school facility renovation, modernization, and repair (Sec. 345).

NO: -Appropriates $1 billion per year for early education projects for fiscal years 2009-2010 to 2016-2017 (Sec. 409).

NO: -Appropriates $730 million per year for the American Graduation Initiative for fiscal years 2009-2010 to 2012-2013, and $680 million per year for fiscal years 2013-2014 to 2018-2019 (Sec. 501).

NO: -Appropriates $600 million per year from fiscal year 2009-2010 through fiscal year 2013-2014 to be distributed as grants to organizations and programs related to expansion of access to and completion of higher education (Sec. 102).

Sure, a large part of this bill intended for government student loan programs to bypass interest collecting banks (that assume no risk but still collect interest) and hand out loans directly to students… but voting “No” isn’t helping. Where’s your bill, Representative. We don’t need a band-aid.

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