Considering the fact that we are always trying to re-think things in education that do not seem to be working, I wonder if we do not need to re-think the means by which schools are financed.
Forgetting the politics of any of this – if that is even possible – I wonder how long the federal government can continue to throw a life jacket into the ocean of RIF notices in order to save teacher jobs.
Obama just did it for the second year in a row. And I am glad he did it. But can we not look out twelve more months on the horizon and say to ourselves, “Uhm, I think he might also have to do it again next year.”
I mean the bill he just signed saved, according to this article 160,000 teacher jobs. That’s a one time shot in the arm for an immense amount of positions.
Will not the 2011/2012 school year, if these numbers are so large now, also need a booster shot?
Now, I’m not all that great with excel spread sheets but it does seem to me that we have a real problem here that is not going to disappear with a few billion dollar band-aids applied at the last minute to stave off doom.
The calculus of these calculations seem ridiculously miscalculated.