The current stimulus package contains $140 billion for schools nationwide. Obama’s view of education is vastly different from Bush’s (perhaps it’s because he was a college professor):
The figures in the stimulus package for schools “are astonishing,” said Mike Kirst, former state Board of Education president and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University.
“(Former President George W.) Bush spent a little money for a brand-new program with enormous impact on public schools,” he said, referring to the $1.2 billion spent each year on No Child Left Behind.
“By contrast, Obama is spending enormously more money on education than Bush – it intensifies the federal role but does not change the substance of what schools are doing. It’s the reverse of Bush.”
$10 billion is slated for California’s schools. This is much needed to prevent layoffs and cuts. Education is the most important investment we, as a society, can make in our future. The future of the U.S. economy relies on educating our future workforce.
Unfortunately, our education system is falling behind. We rank almost #30 in the world for education (we used to be #1). There are many reasons for this decline and I won’t point fingers. The bottom line is we need reform! We need to find models which are teaching students the skills to succeed in today’s world, not yesterday’s. It will be a major ideological shift for parents and educators but we will continue to fall further behind if changes are not made.