Monday, November 30, 2015

  President’s 2015 Budget Proposal for Education

     "Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise."
                                                                  - Barack Obama

America's public schools are striving to offer a path to the middle class for their children from hard-working families in every community, and more so those living in poverty. Yet too many students lack the access to the education and supports that make the journey to the middle class possible. The Obama administration is committed to ensure equity for this opportunity for every child.
In Obama's first term, the administration helped to unleash innovation at the state and local levels, in part through competitive funds that achieved extraordinary. The nation's schools, teachers, and students have made significant gains. These include the highest high school graduation rate in American history, an increase of nearly 50 percent in the number of students accessing higher education on Grants, a major increase in the number of minority students in college, and sharp cuts in the dropout rate, especially for Hispanic and low-income students. Despite this solid progress, wide gaps of opportunity and achievement continue to hurt many minority, low-income, and other undeserved students.
The President's budget reflects his strong belief that education is a vital investment in the nation's economic competitiveness. They request for $69 billion in discretionary appropriations represents an increase of 2 percent over the previous year and slightly more than the 2012 discretionary level for education before the sequester. Three-quarters of that funding goes to financial aid for students in college, and high-poverty schools. These schools are title one.The remaining 23 percent of the budget targets specific areas and reforms designed to leverage major changes in educational opportunity and excellence for all students, including the expansion of access to high-quality preschool, data-driven instruction based on college- and career-ready standards, making college more affordable, and mitigating the effects of poverty on educational outcomes. Around 90 percent of discretionary spending goes to formula funds that address the needs of disadvantaged poor and minority students, students with disabilities, and English learners.
Although major progress for America's students and  jumps in college enrollment and cuts in the dropout rate for minority and low-income student there are deep gaps of opportunity and achievement. The Obama administration is committed to driving a new energy into solving these problems. They are working on everything from the federal education budget. This includes preschool funds, to Title I, to special education funds. They have created a new proposed fund, called the Race to the Top- Equity and Opportunity,this would complement existing efforts by further supporting strong state and local efforts to improve equity. It will create incentives for states as well as schools to drive comprehensive change in how states and districts identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

After years of complaints from teachers, parents and students, the Obama administration on Saturday the 31st announced new guidelines towards the standardized tests. Saying kids spend too much time taking “unnecessary” exams in schools. In a Facebook video message, President Barack Obama said there are parents who worry about “too much testing, and from teachers who feel so much pressure to teach to a test that it takes the joy out of teaching and learning.” He said he would fix it. The Department of Education said “the Administration bears some of the responsibility for” the issue, releasing a “Testing Action Plan” outlining new principles for measuring student aptitude. I feel that this is a major step in the correct direction for those within the school systems. I can say I am extremely happy and supportive of the new idea of how we are to be tested.
Common Core:

Since the US has fallen so far behind some countries over the past few years in the education systems, many believe that CCSS will help to improve the rankings with other countries. The common core assessments test multiple skills in each question and is said to increase critical thinking and problem solving skills. These test are made to define what students are expected to  learn, with the added benefit of students understanding what the are to learn and why.

Is common core really good for students though? Many say no!

The Common core education will take time for both students and teachers to adjust to the  state standards, and this transition will be extremely difficult. CCSS will require new ways of teaching and learning. They will cause academic rigor to start earlier then ever, even in preschool. Many don't see this as a good thing. All assessments will be held online, all schools will be required to spend more money on technology and to  be sure that all students have access to these requirements. The common core will in the end lead to more test taking in schools.

So do you think that common core is for the better or the worse?


It isn't a secret that the American education system is failing. After World War II, the United States had the #1 high school graduation rate in the world. Today, we have dropped to # 22 among 27 industrialized nations. 1.1 million American students drop out of school every year. Even less continue far enough to finish college. Less than half of American students (46 percent) finish their college education.

How can we fix these problems? Is it even possible?

The No Child Left Behind Act was created in 2001. The act is a United States Act of Congress that is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This created a government aid program for the disadvantaged students. The Act requires states to develop assessments in the basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels. Although its been proven to help these extra programs have created money issues within school systems. There is still more that needs to be done!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

                                   Standardized Testing:
                                   The Problem with America's Education System.

                                           Are the tests we take really worth it?


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I believe that everyone should be allowed to have an education. 30 years ago, America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today, our nation is ranked 36th in the world. 1.3 million high school students don't graduate on time yearly. If the 1.3 million dropouts from the Class of 2010 had graduated, the nation would have seen $337 billion more in earnings over the course of the students’ lifetimes. Our education systems have plummeted, most importantly I feel that we should be acting on this to allow for those still in the school systems to be given a better chance and  higher education. Is the way we test students really the best? Are we charging to much for a college education, or should it be free? Is common core really the best for students? I feel that the way are education system is ran plays an important role in our features, and you should too!