A continuation of my look at the policies of the president-elect……
We have a president-elect and the new first lady is an educator so there should be a massive program dedicated to education…..but is there?
Biden has suggested the need for $88 billion in new COVID-19 relief to schools. This is less than half of the amount needed by districts. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has said an additional $158.1 billion to $244.6 billion would be required to reopen school buildings safely and serve all students this year. Biden knows full well that such sums would never be approved by Republicans but has made the proposal to provide a political cover for his full support to a return to in-person schooling.
Secondly, a Biden administration will continue the austerity policies against public education, under conditions of a severe economic crisis. Originally Biden took to the presidential campaign trail with proposals for a series of mild reforms, including a threefold increase to Title I federal funding for low-income schools, universal prekindergarten and greater funding for special education programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). He also proposed “fixing” the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, support for student mental health, and “hiring more people of color into the Department of Education (ED).”
Education is a popular policy promise at election time…..and so far we still have a needy educational policy….and now with a new president….that will not change.
Am I being too hard?
Then you tell me….these are the promises made…..
- Support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve.
- Invest in resources for our schools so students grow into physically and emotionally healthy adults, and educators can focus on teaching.
- Ensure that no child’s future is determined by their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability.
- Provide every middle and high school student a path to a successful career.
- Start investing in our children at birth.
What about the crippling debt for an education….will he do anything to help there?
The easy answer is NO he will NOT!
It is more important to protect the criminals in the financial sector than the students.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”