Our children need to be prepared to compete in our current global economy. We no longer just compete with other states throughout country, but with countries around the world. To make the next generation competitive in this economy, we must provide them with a world class, cutting edge education that prepares them to compete on a global scale. We need to seriously rethink the way we fund and deliver education in our state. Studies show only 48% of K-12 funding in our state budget actually reaches the classroom. The rest is lost in the morass of Columbia bureaucracy and administrative costs--this is unacceptable. For a state that consistently ranks near the bottom in high school graduation rates and SAT scores, we need to stop doing what has been working and make real change for our children.
There must be multiple facets of any education reform: changing the way we test, while holding to accountability standards; changing the way our bureaucracy runs, to facilitate more money reaching the classroom; and providing free market reforms that will leverage the assets of the private sector to improve education at all levels.