Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bail Out Our Schools!

I recently created the following Facebook group:

As a result of the Great Recession, and because most state governments are required to balance their budgets, school funding is being slashed across the nation. This will result in enlarged class sizes, the loss of talented teachers, a deterioration of facilities and resources, the raising of tuition at public universities (including community colleges), and an overall decline in the quality of education our children receive.

In a recent article, economist Robert Reich made an excellent proposal as to how this problem could be solved:

"A tiny one half of one percent tax on all financial transactions would generate about $200 billion a year, according to the Economic Policy Institute. That might put a crimp on Wall Street bonuses but it’s enough to fund early childhood education, smaller K-12 classes, and lower tuitons and fees for public higher education."

If our nation intends to remain competitive in the global economy, its people need to remain among the world's best educated. More importantly, if we wish to live up to America's founding principle - that all human beings have an inalienable right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" - then we must guarantee that our country's most vulnerable citizens, its children, are never denied the tools they'll need to control their own destinies.

If you believe that President Obama and Congress should bail out our schools like they bailed out Wall Street, join this group!

If you wish to join, you can do so here:!/group.php?v=info&gid=103463446353845

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can never cease to be amazed at the wild inconsistency of Charlie Brill's political views.