Need To End Proration
During American Education Week (November 18-22) we should pause to honor the teachers, support staff and administrators who work tirelessly every day to help students learn. It is also a time to reflect on the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education.
We continue to see great success in our schools despite tremendous challenges. Our schools face greater accountability than ever before. We are also implementing the new common core curriculum. Yet we have less time and money to meet those challenges.
Illinois ranks 50th out of 50 states in support of education. This point has been driven home the last month with the Pana School Board facing the issue of whether or not to close Jefferson Middle School. They didn’t want to do this, but the only other choice left was to cut programs like music, physical education, art and increased class size. Imagine how tough your family budgets would be with 89% of the amount of money you made three years ago. How would you survive? That is what the State of Illinois has asked school districts across the state to do. General State Aid this year has been prorated at a little less than 89% of the FY 2011 amount. This is forcing school districts to make difficult decisions and decisions that are affecting our children’s future. This isn’t fair to our students. The only way to stop this if for our State Legislature to end the proration of general state aid. I am asking all of you to contact your legislators and urge them to end proration. We owe it to our children to fund education properly!
More Notes On Common Core
Just a little more information about what’s happening in our schools.
Everything your child does is being tracked. There are points of data that are being collected on your child and shared with the federal government. Data such as, their medical history, disciplinary records, bus stop locations and times.
You may have thought parental rights gave you the power of consent for this data to be collected and shared. In fact, you really have no say in the matter. You may think that is as far as they will go. They won’t be asking your child’s religion or your political preferences. But, you really have no say in that either. The system can be expanded as deemed necessary.
Once again, you as a parent have been removed from the equation. The federal government is in charge of what your child will learn and consequentially what he will be prepared to do with his or her life. Do you really trust the government with this information? Can you be sure that this information will not be shared on purpose or not. Is the information secure? Look at the problems the new healthcare laws are encountering. It is a federal program that is already being hacked because it is not secure.
If you are concerned about this or would just like more information about it please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-820-4540. There may be a way out of this.