Education cuts don’t make sense

Published 1:15am Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The budget that was unanimously approved last Wednesday by the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation–Education Committee causes great concern for all who want to see an overall growth for the state of Alabama.

When we invest wisely in education, we get gargantuan return on our investment by attracting industries that are in turn drawn by the educated work force. When jobs are reasonably created, tax revenue goes up. With increase in revenue, a poorly funded program, which in most cases, leads to inadequacy or non-existence will have a chance to be efficiently funded and thereby result in a better life for all.

As a matter of fact, this could mean better health, better law enforcement, reduced crime, safe drug/food, reduced drug abuse and just an increase in the overall quality of life.

Continuous reduction in funding for public school may not be the wise thing to do. People sometimes go along with a proposition even when their heart is telling them differently. But the truth is that purity of heart and grace on lips draw greatness and royalty.

When it comes to quality education for our children, we must look beyond personal interest or party loyalty. You will never know your worth until you find yourself fighting for what is right regardless of the cost.

The consequences of improper management of education are very detrimental even at the local level. Besides not making Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and et cetera, a system can score low in Needed Values for Success (NVS). Parents and churches instill values which schools must effectively complement or face consequences like increased dropout rate, massive production of ill-equipped graduates; elevated crime, teen pregnancy, poverty increase, unemployment increase, voting percentages going down, peace getting affected, incarceration going up and the community going down.

Statistics also have it that high school graduates make more money than high school drop outs; college graduates making more than high school graduates. Furthermore, statistics also depict that a one-year growth in the average level of good education in a community translates to 30 percent decrease in the murder rate. Also, a high school dropout is four times more likely to be unemployed than a graduate.

In consideration of the above, and even in the absence of lots of funds from the state or other, I still believe that education is the community’s business. Sustained growth does not manifest in a vacuum. The school board, the superintendents, the faculty may not be able to achieve this by themselves. Businesses, professionals, parents and other leaders should continue to be involved evocatively and by publicly supporting good over evil. We are grateful to those that have helped so far.

The entire community should be involved in ensuring that we maximize our potential in education. When we collectively do this, we complement this African adage, “It takes a cohesive village to raise a child.”

 

  • mo-of-thesame

    It is evident that the good Doctor works for the federal government who knows no spending limits. What this moronic member of the board does not realize is that the state has a balanced budget amendment and can only spend the revenue it takes in. I doubt he has ever seen a budget much less had to work with his own funds rather than the governments

    Further he does not know his history very well. Education spending is up over 30% in the past six years but results are decreasing. Of course, the lion’s share of the increase went to teachers who have seen huge gains in salaries again while producing decreasing results. Look at Head Start, a 30 year old program that was designed to save the children yet has failed in producing better results.

    Thank God for the new leadership in Montgomery who is taking a responsible route rather than following the orders of the AEA to protect their own hides. It is very interesting to see how the local democrats squirm now that they have no power. Face it folks we live in a red state and if we do not get on board with the majority we will continue to slip into third world status.

    If our public schools were factories they would be shut down. Over half the parts are defective and employees do not care about results. Plus they are paid an exorbitant wage and work only two thirds of a full work year. Would you go to a hospital with outcomes like that? Would Bush Hog or IP stay open…? Hell No. There is no wonder why we have three new private schools, one run by our esteemed Representative Melton. How is it that the private schools that produce superior results on a third of the funding. Are those children just smarter…? I don’t think so. Simply a more efficient profitable factory without the vouchers that continuously circle the funding of public education.

    Perhaps then the real solution is to stop all the discussion about charter schools and move to a voucher program. Then let the free market economy decide who has he superior product. The schools with poor performance will close and the bad teachers will lose their jobs…. Just like the real world the vast majority of live in each day.

    Of course none of the money motivated politicians have the stones to do what is right for the children… it might hurt there $70k salary and per diem. God help us.

    • popdukes12

      No comment..”mo-of-thesame” covered it all, including the “stones”…pops

    • udoufomadu

      Mo-of-thesame attack on people trying to help will not get you anywhere particularly when you have chosen to disguise yourself.I know who you are and I’m shocked that you operate in this manner.I’m begining to believe some of the things she told me about you.

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