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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

TROUBLED_CALIFORNIAN Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 7:01 PM
Lets see what does the DOE do for American students. 1. establishes policies relating to federal financial aid for education, administers distribution of those funds and monitors their use. 2. collects data and oversees research on America's schools and disseminates this information to Congress, educators and the general public. 3.identifies the major issues and problems in education and focuses national attention on them. 4. enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal funds and ensures equal access to education for every individual. doesn't sound like they have an ALL CONTROLLING EFFECT on education. I wonder what local school boards DO?
DrawTheL1ne Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 7:11 PM
Leave it to the states Each state can be accountable to it's constituents instead of the federal behemoth. It is easier to vote out state officials that performe poorly than forcing the feds to address issues. A no brainer.
TROUBLED_CALIFORNIAN Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 7:01 PM
What Does the School Board Do?
The school board sets the vision for the school district and the decisions they make at their monthly meetings make a difference for your school.

The most important thing a school board does is to establish a vision for the community's schools that reflects a consensus of the board, community and district staff. The school board has a wide variety of additional responsibilities, such as adopting a balanced annual budget and issuing interim financial reports, adopting the school calendar, negotiating contracts with employee unions, approving curriculum materials and closing or constructing schools.
TROUBLED_CALIFORNIAN Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 7:05 PM
Gosh, that sound s lot like LOCAL control of the education process!

I wonder why the CONS are Foaming at the mouth about local control, when they already do.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2011/0602/Teaching-creationism-Louisiana-law-that-skirts-US-ban-survives-challenge

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/nov/30/free-schools-creationism

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=creationism-controversy-state-map

plenty of examples of states "controlling" their education.

Lets see some examples of the FEDS hurting education.

NO Child Left Behind is a Bush legacy that WAS a bad Fed program tied to MONEY.
renny4 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 7:24 PM
Any monies taken from the feds. like Title II (computers and office equipment) also bring with them the fed. mandates of equal pay for all sports, male and female; curricula like no smoking, no drugs, no fats, no sugars, no bullying, no discrimination, no everything that clutter up class time and have proven vastly inadequate and useless; race and gender krap ad infinitum; tons of student management and discipline rules and regulations; and a raft of "administrators" like drug counselors, student advocates, community ombudsmen (women), social workers, psychiatrists, and dozens of learning constultatns that gobble up money and time and add NOTHING to classrooms.
Take a brief look at No Child Left Behind, Bush' worst leg.,
renny4 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 7:25 PM
and the money and time it has caused and still test scores tank, students cannot read, write, or compute, because if you use stupid methods that do not work, you will not get learning or education.

Garbage in and garbage out.

The U.S. education system is failing our kids and has been for decades. Thus, the first step towards solving this problem is admitting that we have one. And we certainly do -- as AFP’s Casey Given points out in his op-ed in The Hill today:

Since 1983, the freshmen high school graduation rate has increased a measly 1.8 percent. Meanwhile, student achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress has stagnated, dropping by 1 point in reading and increasing by merely 4 points in math among 17-year-olds from the early 1980s to 2008. Today, one-third of fourth graders are...