Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Education Budget Cuts Billions of Dollars for Public Schools

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DeVos photo via NBC News Umbridge photo via Harry Potter Wiki - Wikia

We now have a new education budget that cuts billions of dollars to our public educational system. The states will be left filling the void of this money. OK, now that sounds great, and all, but my our state of Illinois has not passed a spending budget in 18 months. Therefore, all the school’s spending for that time period has come locally and from the school’s themselves. Money is running out and quickly.

ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act replaced the No Child Left Behind Act in 2010.[1] Like the No Child Left Behind Act, ESSA is a re-authorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which established the federal government's expanded role in public education. Which I personally think is good for the states because the federal government has way more money and should partake in our nation’s education. Why is it bad or wrong? Because they want information about how the money is being spent and how well the kids are actually learning? If someone asked for $100.00 would you just give it to them, or would you say “why do you need the money”? I am gonna bet you and anyone would ask.

In April 2017, we voted on referendums for MGS and MTHS as well. Neither passed, and the grade school lost by 18 votes. I am not sure how they will be able to continue on with educating students at a high level without funding. Considering the top three administrators salaries equal over $300,000 a year, and all the other staff, faculty, food, water, electricity, books, computers, and so on and so forth. That is a huge amount of money spent annually, and the taxpayers are footing the bill. But we are supposed to do that right? Don’t we want the best for our kids and their futures? Isn’t getting a good education the key to their success?

Betsy DeVos is the Secretary of Education, and she nor anyone in her family have never attended a public school and never had to worry about how to pay for her children’s college. She has no clue of the importance of public schools is what I am assuming by listening to when she is asked questions about it. Schools help to form and shape the community they are part of, but what if you live in a place that is not economically upper-class? Do you think that the kids in that school are getting the same education as other schools? Where would they get the money? Cost of living expenses go up, and this includes the schools, but the amount of money they receive is not enough, and now you want to give them less? Does this make sense to anyone?

Today May 24th,2017, there was a hearing held about this new budget, and many members of Congress were not pleased with the budget or DeVos’s responses. 

[2] “This budget reflects the views of an administration filled with people who frankly never had to worry about their children going to college,” said Rep. Nita M. Lowey (N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the full House Appropriations Committee. “And yet I’m most upset that this budget would undermine our public education system and the working families who depend on them.”
[2]Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), chairman of the House education appropriations subcommittee, questioned the proposal to dramatically cut college financial aid programs such as work-study and college-access programs for low-income students and special education funds. “Which, frankly, I will advise you,” Cole said, “I have a different point of view on.” DeVos stated, “this is a matter for robust conversation.”

sources: [1] / Every Student Succeeds Act   [2] Washington

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