- On his blog, Discriminations, John Rosenberg posted the following: Will Insults Poodles! This post contains a link to a column by George Will.
Will points out the real target in the Democrats’ drive to end the Federal Government educational voucher program in the District of Columbia. Democrats, in their canine devotion to teachers unions, oppose empowering poor children to escape dependency on even terrible government schools. Unions and their poodles say school choice siphons money from public schools. But federal money funds the D.C. program, so killing it denies education money to the District while increasing the number of pupils the District must support.
- At Tertium Quids, Adam Schaeffer tells us how to reduce the high cost of public education in Arlington County in: How to Fix County Budget Problems.
Arlington is planning to spend over $23,000 per student this year according to the Washington Area Boards of Education (WABE). That’s a 33 percent increase in constant dollars since 2000.
And yet the county is still talking about tax increases to cover the expected $80-$100 million shortfall the county expects next year.
Here’s a great alternative; fund the schools at 2000 levels and we’re left with an extra $108 million. Voila, no tax increases!
- At SWAC Girl, Lynn Mitchell asks a question: Does anyone expect public school establishment to get behind charter schools?
Charter schools … another form of school choice. But will charter schools ever get anywhere in Virginia?
Education is fundamental to civilization. Through the process of our education, we learn how to get along with each other and run our society. Nonetheless, we have turned our public education system wholly over to politicians. We just give politicians our money and hope for the best. That is the height of irresponsibility, and the results speak for themselves. In his column, George Will speaks to how twisted our society is becoming as a result.
For congressional Democrats, however, expanding dependency on government is an end in itself. They began the Obama administration by expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. It was created for children of the working poor, but the expansion made millions of middle-class children eligible — some in households earning $125,000. The aim was to swell the number of people who grow up assuming that dependency on government health care is normal. (from here)
“Expanding dependency on government is an end in itself.” Instead working towards a society populated by healthy and resourceful citizens, our leaders now strive diligently to make us ever more dependent dependents. In colonial America, government provided little. People joined together to solve their problems on their own. Unfortunately, Americans have slowly lost much of the initiative and the organizational skills that permitted such independence. This generation of leaders apparently has no interest in fostering citizenship that does not involve dependence upon large, monopolistic and bureaucratic institutions.
Providing our children a proper education is an old problem. So it is that Psalm 78 begins thus:
Psalm 78 (Today’s New International Version)
A maskil of Asaph.
1 My people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will teach you lessons from the past—
3 things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
8 They would not be like their ancestors—
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
whose spirits were not faithful to him.
The Winner in the News Summary Blog Category
Why the PWC Education Reform Blog?
The PWC Education Reform Blog is a parent-run blog devoted to education. It features news designed to generate interest in issues which affect the education of Prince William County children. Here is what the blog says about itself.
This blog was developed by parents concerned with what we consider an overall decline in instruction in Prince William County Schools. Our focus is on several issues:
- Fuzzy Math in PWC Schools
- Language Arts
- Special Ed
- Parental Choice In Education
Our hope is that this blog comes to serve as a point for information for parents that circumvents the PWCS filters.
The articles on the blog are carefully researched. Moreover, the parents running the blog have taken their issues directly to the public and the School Board. To protest the adoption of Math Investigation in our elementary schools, each of the PWC Education Reform Blog bloggers has spoken repeatedly at School Board meetings. In fact, the issue of Math Investigations is what got PWC Education Reform Blog started. Since then the blog has broaden its horizons. For example, Celebrating mediocrity is a letter to a local paper that addresses Prince William County’s Standards of Learning scores.
Prince William County Schools (PWCS) has issued the Year 3 Evaluation Report (Y3R) for its elementary math program. Last year’s report was presented to the public in September of 2008, but Y3R was not available until 2010.
It appears that PWCS is striving to be average. (continued here)
A Review of a PWC Education Reform Blog Post
Since the bloggers at the PWC Education Reform Blog wrote the local paper to draw attention to the issue, I was tempted to do a post on Three Years of TERC – Where Are the Problems? However, ridding the schools of Math Investigation would not solve our school system’s basic problem, NO SCHOOL CHOICE! So I chose this post, A Child’s Future Should Not Depend on The Lottery. Here is the content of that post.
We don’t generally advocate movies here at the Education Reform Blog. We are making an exception for The Lottery.
This movie documents parents fight for their children’s future – a future which, in NY City and Washington DC, depends on whether they win the Charter School Lottery.
The trailer alone will enrage you and break your heart. Our children deserve better.
When governments give out funds for alternative educational choices, it is not uncommon to use a lottery to select recipients from amongst the many applicants. People want a choice, but our glorious leaders insist upon depriving them of one.
Virginia is now in the throes of the battle over school choice, a battle over charter schools.
Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to open more charter schools by shifting power from local school boards to the Virginia Board of Education, which would screen applications and have the authority to overrule local decisions.
Final approval on charter schools — public schools that have some autonomy from state and local regulations — currently rests with local school boards, which proponents say contributes to Virginia’s low number.
The state has three charter schools, with a fourth slated to open in Richmond this year.
McDonnell’s proposals to loosen laws on charter schools, as well as to establish virtual school programs and college partnership schools, are set to be introduced today and carried by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
Standing alongside former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, who backed the charter push, McDonnell said “the system’s broken.” (continued here)
Somehow some way we have to fix the system. By becoming involved in their schools and informing the public, parents such as those at the PWC Education Reform Blog can, have, and should continue to play a significant role.
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