Thursday, January 5, 2006

"It's for the kids". Yeah, right.

This morning's Providence Journal reported a sad fact. Education Week gave Rhode Island a "D" in resource equity and an overall grade of "C", among the lowest in the country for its education system. Shame. What's worse is that this is nothing new. Since I have been talking about property tax reform for the last five years these numbers have changed little if any according my research.

Leadership on both sides, management and employee, legislators and unions, have to stop spending all their time arguing money issues ( we already spend among the most in the country on education ) and begin to concern themselves with performance and attitude.

Only then will the claim "It's for the kids" mean anything.

But maybe it's just me.

1 comment:

Kmareka said...

The need for education reform has never been more important than it is now. Without real reforms, we face a global economy in which our children will not be able to compete.

Your letter to the editors at Projo on the subject was very good. Obviously, paying teachers less is not the answer. But more accountability for what goes on in the classroom might be part of the answer.