Latest Stimulus Money For Schools To Have Strings Attached

More stimulus money will be available for schools, but there will be more strings attached.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says they're making it tougher because the administration wants states to adopt President Barack Obama's vision of reform. That vision includes tougher academic standards, better ways to recruit and keep effective teachers, a method of tracking student performance, and a plan of action to turn around failing schools.

Another $11.5 billion will be available for schools, on top of the more than $67 billion already doled out. The more detailed applications will require states to identify by name their lowest-achieving schools, and tell how, or whether, officials have tried to turn them around.

States will also be pressed on what they're doing to make sure disadvantaged kids get effective teachers.

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  • by to Ace on Nov 10, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    It is a shame that you think that every failing child have bad parents and are on welfare. Put your kids in a foster home, you probably are a bad parent.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt County on Nov 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    Don't tell the Pitt County Coalition for the Education of Black Children that there are going to be tougher standards! What is Obama? A racist?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 10, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    Me and Anti-Terrorist , it comes down to this figure, for every 45 thousand teacher hired, it cost the government 330 thousand dollars. I am not kidding here, its a matter of Congressional budget house. Think what the school systems could have doen with just a grant. And, there are some that think the government can run healthcare? Lottery money? What about all the new state taxes we got from Bev this year. Again, why does NC need so much more money than other states around us?
  • by me Location: nc on Nov 10, 2009 at 08:11 AM
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    The strings attached are made of spaghetti. It is all smoke and mirrors. The don't really want to have this information, they want to make sure the states create a way to pull the information in the best way to suit a particular agenda. I am all for tougher academic standards but that cant get real traction until every race of student is expected to achieve regardless of hardship. More and better teachers is also a great string no one could be against but we all saw who paid for the state budget fall over the past two years. Who wants that kind of security. How does this stimulus pay for these great teachers beyond the first year?? Besides the fact that your federal tax will rise to compensate for the stimulus, your state tax will have to raise to maintain the stimulus initiatives over the long run. Anyway, have fun playing with the strings.
  • by Pay for it Location: NC on Nov 10, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    Almost all children get potty trained as soon as possible in most homes. If all parents treated their childs education like potty training we would be alot better off. Why not charge parents for courses if a child fails?
  • by Melvin Location: Jacksonville on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    I hardly ever agree with what the President does, these strings that are attached to the stimulus for schools seem like a pretty good idea. I find it difficult to believe that schools or at least the administrators would argue with academic accountability. I agree whole heartedly with the President with his strings on this one.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    The only way to get more kids to graduate is to hold the parent accountable. Just do this, if the kids fail or underachieve put the kids in a foster home and eliminate welfare and give away money to the parents. Then you will see a big difference in their grades.
  • by MadMax Location: Tarboro on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    Stimulus money for schools? I thought thats what our NC Educational Lottery was for, so we wouldn't have to depend on crap like this, with strings attached.
  • by Teacher on Nov 10, 2009 at 03:40 AM
    "a method of tracking student performance...". Not a good idea. It becomes a race issue, a poverty issue, a class issue. Tougher academic standards? You mean the idea here in Pitt that elementary and middle schoolers get at least a 68 in order to keep them from dropping out?

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