Rethinking & Strengthening Public Education
The building blocks of a stronger society start in the classroom. To be competitive in the global marketplace, we must prioritize the education of our children and invest in tomorrow’s workforce, today. Specifically, we must improve the public school facilities and infrastructure where our children attend classes. Many are overcrowded and no longer suitable for a productive learning environment.
All three levels of government have a specific role to play in educating our children. The federal government should create the broad-based strategy and accountability measures that keeps our country competitive in the global marketplace. The Department of Education is responsible for setting standards and developing efficient methods of measurement that do not overburden state resources. Every public school in the United States must first be provided with the minimum resources needed to effectively educate our children, including ensuring that adequate funding for infrastructure and protections for students with disabilities. Once base guidelines are met at the state level, states can then apply for innovation in public education partnership credits that help underwrite the cost of new education strategies encourage state and local leaders to develop innovative ways to education children. These partnership credits from the Department of Education provide an economic incentive to a state that is willing to seek new paths forward and raise the bar of student progress. States would be responsible for reporting results and outcomes to share with the general public, including written accounting of known biases and differences in student population demographics.
Our collective goal should be to use a system of base requirements with additional monetary incentives that encourage the federal, state, and local governing bodies to all work together. We should dedicate ourselves to freeing the innovative minds of our teachers, reaching our students in ways beyond the traditional methods of textbooks and testing.