An Idea worth my time and yours!
I was reading the commentary section of my local paper this morning and came upon an opinion piece written by George Will. Mr. Will pointed out a new program that really peaked my interest. It's called the 65% plan and it makes just way to much sense!
There's a group called First Class Education
that wants states to force local school districts to use at least 65% of it's funding directly in the classroom. How can this NOT be a good idea.
On their FAQ page I found this: How much more money in the classroom will this mean?
If all 50 states and the District of Columbia had spent 65% in the classroom during the 2001-2002 school year, an additional $14 BILLION would have been available for teachers and kids.
That's enough to buy every K-12 student in America a Dell desktop computer or hire 325,000 more teachers at $40,000 a year. Most states would add hundreds of millions of dollars each year to the classroom. All without a tax increase!
So, who gets hurt if we take OUR money and shift it around in the school districts. Mostly administrators, who've been voting themselves pay raises for too long anyway. It would surely piss off the NEA and if that's the case it MUST be a good thing!
Another question and answer from the FAQ page: What's the national average being spent in the classroom?
According to the June 2004 report of the National Center for Educational Statistics, the national average being spent in the classroom is 61.5%, down from 61.7% in its previous report. Four states achieve 65% or better, down from seven. We're clearly heading in the wrong direction, which is why the 1st Class Education proposal is vital.
I'm waiting to hear from the NEA lovers why this is a bad idea. I'm personally going to print up some petitions and get some signatures and some help. Virginia Beach can use this program for sure!