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      No Child Left Behind?

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"Education:  public  education  is  the  foundation  of  our  democracy- =
 the  stepping  stones  for  our  youth  to  reach  their  full  =
potential.=20

Traditional  education  can  be  extremely  isolating-  the  curriculum  =
is  often  abstract  &  not  relevant  to  real  life,  teachers  &  =
students  don't  connect  with  resources  &  experts  outside  of  the  =
classroom,  &  schools  operate  as  if  they  were  seperate  from  =
their  communities.

Project-based  learning,  student  teams  working  cooperatively,  =
students  connecting  with  passionate  experts,  &  broader  forms  of  =
assessment  can  dramatically  improve  student  learning.  New  digital =
 multimedia  &  telecommunications  can  support  these  practices  &  =
engage  our  students.  And  well-prepared  educators  are  critical".  =
-George  Lucas



In  2007  we  spent   $488  billion  on  public  schools  =
(pre-kindergarten  to  12th  grade)  &  yet  over  60%  of  12th  =
graders  can't  read  or  write  at  the  proficiency  level,  1  out  =
of  every  5  adults  can't  read  or  write  at  all.  The  problem  =
isn't  money  or  a  need  for  more  money.  We  are  now  spending  =
nearly  $9,000 per student each year  in  our  public  schools.  Canada  =
spends  only  $5,947, Japan  spends  $5,913  on  each  student  &  their =
 kids  are  better  educated  than  ours.  When  Republican  &  =
Democratic  politicians  couldn't  stuff  all  of  our  kids  into  =
schools  built  over  half  a  century  ago  they  made  school  =
year-round  &  we  now  have  gangs,  drugs,  teen-pregnancy,  =
low-education  levels,  &  even  prostitution  on  some  public  =
schools,  not  to  mention  school  massacres.

One  out  of  every  three  students  drops  out  of  our  public  =
schools  each  year.  The  Alliance  for  Excellent  education  =
estimates  that  each  high  school  dropout  earns  about  $260,000  =
less  than  a  high  school  graduate  over  his  or  her  life  time.  =
The  alliance  also  reports  that  dropouts  not  only  earn  less  =
money  but  also  drain  state  &  federal  budgets  through  their  =
dependence  on  social  &  welfare  programs.  Increasing  the  male  =
graduation  rate  a  mere  5  percent  would  add  $2.8  billion  in  =
earnings  to  the  U.S.  economy.  Those  students  who  drop  out  make =
 up  nearly  half  the  heads  of  households  on  welfare,  &  the  =
Justice  Department  data  show  high  school  dropouts  make  up  75%  =
of  America's  state  prison  inmates,  almost  59%  of  federal  =
inmates,  &  69%  of  those  in  jail.  The  overall  cost  to  our  =
society  is  overwhelming. =20

Lets  agree  not  to  live  like  this  anymore,  lets  make  our  =
schools  safe,  our  food  supply  safe,  our  neighborhoods  safe,  our =
 jobs/pensions  safe,  our  roads/bridges  &  dams  safe,  our  country  =
safe  again.

Because  no  amount  of  government  spin  like  "no  child  left  =
behind"  can  save  this  out-of-date  &  over-crowded  system.  We  =
need  new  modern  class  rooms,  any  child  who  falls  behind  should =
 be  assigned  a  tutor  &  a  counselor  because  your  child  should  =
not  have  to  be  the  star  quarter  back  to  recieve  star  =
treatment  at  school.  Todays  schools  are  like  rotary  phones,  we  =
need  new  modern  schools  that  prepare  our  kids  for  the  future.  =
With  class  sizes  of  no  more  than  25  kids,  with  computers  in  =
every  class  with  printable  work  assignments  so  books  stay  in  =
the  class-room  instead  of  on  our  kids  backs.  While  new  schools =
 are  being  built  we  need  to  protect  our  children  now  by  =
having  a  police  officer  &  police  dog  on  every  campus  that  can =
 sniff  out  weapons,  guns,  drugs  or  bombs,  so  that  we  create  a =
 safe  environment  where  kids  can  learn  &  not  feel  threatened  =
by  gangs,  drug-dealers  or  random  violence.

"Education  remains  the  key  to  both  economic  &  polital   =
empowerment."

- Barbara  Jordan

The  only  way  to  bridge  the  gap  between  the  rich  &  the  poor  =
is  to  make  college  mandatory.  How  many  people  with  college  =
degrees  are  homeless,  illiterate,  incarcerated  or  even  out  of  =
work?  For  anyone  that  cannot  afford  college,  the  government  =
could  increase  its  grant  programs  that  cover  books,  tuition,  =
room  &  board  &  day-care  &  are  paid  back  after  graduation.  How =
 do  we  pay  for  it?  It  is  cheaper  to  send  someone  to  college  =
&  have  them  become  working,  tax  paying  citizens  than  what  it  =
cost  to  send  someone  to  prison  for  25  to  life.  (It  cost  =
$43,000  a  year  to  house  one  prisoner).  We  need  a  government  =
that  is  concerned  with  building  schools,  roads,  &  hospitals  not =
 just  stadiums,  bombs  &  militarizing  space.  Tax  dollars  spent  =
on  schools  are  an  investment  that  keeps  giving  for  years  to  =
come,  as  is  money  spent  on  roads  &  hospitals.

Only  26%  of  U.S.  workers  have  more  than  a  high  school  =
diploma.  America  use  to  be  number  one  at  graduating  kids  from  =
high  school.  Now  we're  17  out  of  22-  just  ahead  of  Mexico.  =
Only  29%  of  high  school  students  get  physical  activity  in  =
school.  And  only  39%  in  middle  school.


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<P align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2>"Education:&nbsp; =
public&nbsp;=20
education&nbsp; is&nbsp; the&nbsp; foundation&nbsp; of&nbsp; our&nbsp;=20
democracy-&nbsp; the&nbsp; stepping&nbsp; stones&nbsp; for&nbsp; =
our&nbsp;=20
youth&nbsp; to&nbsp; reach&nbsp; their&nbsp; full&nbsp; potential.=20
<P>Traditional&nbsp; education&nbsp; can&nbsp; be&nbsp; extremely&nbsp;=20
isolating-&nbsp; the&nbsp; curriculum&nbsp; is&nbsp; often&nbsp; =
abstract&nbsp;=20
&amp;&nbsp; not&nbsp; relevant&nbsp; to&nbsp; real&nbsp; life,&nbsp;=20
teachers&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; students&nbsp; don't&nbsp; connect&nbsp; =
with&nbsp;=20
resources&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; experts&nbsp; outside&nbsp; of&nbsp; =
the&nbsp;=20
classroom,&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; schools&nbsp; operate&nbsp; as&nbsp; =
if&nbsp;=20
they&nbsp; were&nbsp; seperate&nbsp; from&nbsp; their&nbsp; =
communities.</P>
<P>Project-based&nbsp; learning,&nbsp; student&nbsp; teams&nbsp; =
working&nbsp;=20
cooperatively,&nbsp; students&nbsp; connecting&nbsp; with&nbsp; =
passionate&nbsp;=20
experts,&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; broader&nbsp; forms&nbsp; of&nbsp; =
assessment&nbsp;=20
can&nbsp; dramatically&nbsp; improve&nbsp; student&nbsp; learning.&nbsp; =

New&nbsp; digital&nbsp; multimedia&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; =
telecommunications&nbsp;=20
can&nbsp; support&nbsp; these&nbsp; practices&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; =
engage&nbsp;=20
our&nbsp; students.&nbsp; And&nbsp; well-prepared&nbsp; educators&nbsp;=20
are&nbsp; critical".&nbsp; -George&nbsp; Lucas</P>
<DIV class=3Dadsplat>&nbsp;</DIV>
<P></P>
<P>In&nbsp; 2007&nbsp; we&nbsp; spent&nbsp;&nbsp; $488&nbsp; =
billion&nbsp;=20
on&nbsp; public&nbsp; schools&nbsp; (pre-kindergarten&nbsp; to&nbsp; =
12th&nbsp;=20
grade)&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; yet&nbsp; over&nbsp; 60%&nbsp; of&nbsp; =
12th&nbsp;=20
graders&nbsp; can't&nbsp; read&nbsp; or&nbsp; write&nbsp; at&nbsp; =
the&nbsp;=20
proficiency&nbsp; level,&nbsp; 1&nbsp; out&nbsp; of&nbsp; every&nbsp; =
5&nbsp;=20
adults&nbsp; can't&nbsp; read&nbsp; or&nbsp; write&nbsp; at&nbsp; =
all.&nbsp;=20
The&nbsp; problem&nbsp; isn't&nbsp; money&nbsp; or&nbsp; a&nbsp; =
need&nbsp;=20
for&nbsp; more&nbsp; money.&nbsp; We&nbsp; are&nbsp; now&nbsp; =
spending&nbsp;=20
nearly&nbsp; $9,000 per student each year&nbsp; in&nbsp; our&nbsp; =
public&nbsp;=20
schools.&nbsp; Canada&nbsp; spends&nbsp; only&nbsp; $5,947, Japan&nbsp;=20
spends&nbsp; $5,913&nbsp; on&nbsp; each&nbsp; student&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp;=20
their&nbsp; kids&nbsp; are&nbsp; better&nbsp; educated&nbsp; than&nbsp;=20
ours.&nbsp; When&nbsp; Republican&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; Democratic&nbsp;=20
politicians&nbsp; couldn't&nbsp; stuff&nbsp; all&nbsp; of&nbsp; =
our&nbsp;=20
kids&nbsp; into&nbsp; schools&nbsp; built&nbsp; over&nbsp; half&nbsp; =
a&nbsp;=20
century&nbsp; ago&nbsp; they&nbsp; made&nbsp; school&nbsp; =
year-round&nbsp;=20
&amp;&nbsp; we&nbsp; now&nbsp; have&nbsp; gangs,&nbsp; drugs,&nbsp;=20
teen-pregnancy,&nbsp; low-education&nbsp; levels,&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; =
even&nbsp;=20
prostitution&nbsp; on&nbsp; some&nbsp; public&nbsp; schools,&nbsp; =
not&nbsp;=20
to&nbsp; mention&nbsp; school&nbsp; massacres.</P>
<P>One&nbsp; out&nbsp; of&nbsp; every&nbsp; three&nbsp; students&nbsp;=20
drops&nbsp; out&nbsp; of&nbsp; our&nbsp; public&nbsp; schools&nbsp; =
each&nbsp;=20
year.&nbsp; The&nbsp; Alliance&nbsp; for&nbsp; Excellent&nbsp; =
education&nbsp;=20
estimates&nbsp; that&nbsp; each&nbsp; high&nbsp; school&nbsp; =
dropout&nbsp;=20
earns&nbsp; about&nbsp; $260,000&nbsp; less&nbsp; than&nbsp; a&nbsp; =
high&nbsp;=20
school&nbsp; graduate&nbsp; over&nbsp; his&nbsp; or&nbsp; her&nbsp; =
life&nbsp;=20
time.&nbsp; The&nbsp; alliance&nbsp; also&nbsp; reports&nbsp; that&nbsp; =

dropouts&nbsp; not&nbsp; only&nbsp; earn&nbsp; less&nbsp; money&nbsp; =
but&nbsp;=20
also&nbsp; drain&nbsp; state&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; federal&nbsp; =
budgets&nbsp;=20
through&nbsp; their&nbsp; dependence&nbsp; on&nbsp; social&nbsp;=20
&amp;&nbsp;&nbsp;welfare&nbsp; programs.&nbsp; Increasing&nbsp; =
the&nbsp;=20
male&nbsp; graduation&nbsp; rate&nbsp; a&nbsp; mere&nbsp; 5&nbsp; =
percent&nbsp;=20
would&nbsp; add&nbsp; $2.8&nbsp; billion&nbsp; in&nbsp; earnings&nbsp; =
to&nbsp;=20
the&nbsp; U.S.&nbsp; economy.&nbsp; Those&nbsp; students&nbsp; who&nbsp; =

drop&nbsp; out&nbsp; make&nbsp; up&nbsp; nearly&nbsp; half&nbsp; =
the&nbsp;=20
heads&nbsp; of&nbsp; households&nbsp; on&nbsp; welfare,&nbsp; =
&amp;&nbsp;=20
the&nbsp; Justice&nbsp; Department&nbsp; data&nbsp; show&nbsp; =
high&nbsp;=20
school&nbsp; dropouts&nbsp; make&nbsp; up&nbsp; 75%&nbsp; of&nbsp;=20
America's&nbsp; state&nbsp; prison&nbsp; inmates,&nbsp; almost&nbsp; =
59%&nbsp;=20
of&nbsp; federal&nbsp; inmates,&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; 69%&nbsp; of&nbsp; =
those&nbsp;=20
in&nbsp; jail.&nbsp; The&nbsp; overall&nbsp; cost&nbsp; to&nbsp; =
our&nbsp;=20
society&nbsp; is&nbsp; overwhelming.&nbsp; </P>
<P>Lets&nbsp; agree&nbsp; not&nbsp; to&nbsp; live&nbsp; like&nbsp; =
this&nbsp;=20
anymore,&nbsp; lets&nbsp; make&nbsp; our&nbsp; schools&nbsp; safe,&nbsp; =

our&nbsp; food&nbsp; supply&nbsp; safe,&nbsp; our&nbsp; =
neighborhoods&nbsp;=20
safe,&nbsp; our&nbsp; jobs/pensions&nbsp; safe,&nbsp; our&nbsp;=20
roads/bridges&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; dams&nbsp; safe,&nbsp; our&nbsp; =
country&nbsp;=20
safe&nbsp; again.</P>
<P>Because&nbsp; no&nbsp; amount&nbsp; of&nbsp; government&nbsp; =
spin&nbsp;=20
like&nbsp; "no&nbsp; child&nbsp; left&nbsp; behind"&nbsp; can&nbsp; =
save&nbsp;=20
this&nbsp; out-of-date&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; over-crowded&nbsp; =
system.&nbsp;=20
We&nbsp; need&nbsp; <STRONG>new&nbsp; modern&nbsp; class&nbsp; =
rooms,&nbsp;=20
</STRONG>any&nbsp; child&nbsp; who&nbsp; falls&nbsp; behind&nbsp; =
should&nbsp;=20
be&nbsp; assigned&nbsp; a&nbsp; tutor&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; a&nbsp; =
counselor&nbsp;=20
because&nbsp; your&nbsp; child&nbsp; should&nbsp; not&nbsp; have&nbsp; =
to&nbsp;=20
be&nbsp; the&nbsp; star&nbsp; quarter&nbsp; back&nbsp; to&nbsp; =
recieve&nbsp;=20
star&nbsp; treatment&nbsp; at&nbsp; school.&nbsp;&nbsp;Todays&nbsp;=20
schools&nbsp; are&nbsp; like&nbsp; rotary&nbsp; phones,&nbsp; we&nbsp;=20
need&nbsp; <STRONG>new&nbsp; modern&nbsp; schools&nbsp; =
</STRONG>that&nbsp;=20
prepare&nbsp; our&nbsp; kids&nbsp; for&nbsp; the&nbsp; future.&nbsp; =
With&nbsp;=20
<STRONG>class&nbsp; sizes&nbsp; of&nbsp; no&nbsp; more&nbsp; than&nbsp; =
25&nbsp;=20
kids,&nbsp; with&nbsp; computers&nbsp; in&nbsp; every&nbsp; class&nbsp;=20
</STRONG>with&nbsp; printable&nbsp; work&nbsp; assignments&nbsp; =
so&nbsp;=20
books&nbsp; stay&nbsp; in&nbsp; the&nbsp; class-room&nbsp; instead&nbsp; =

of&nbsp; on&nbsp; our&nbsp; kids&nbsp; backs.&nbsp;&nbsp;While&nbsp; =
new&nbsp;=20
schools&nbsp; are&nbsp; being&nbsp; built&nbsp; we&nbsp; need&nbsp; =
to&nbsp;=20
protect&nbsp; our&nbsp; children&nbsp; now&nbsp; by&nbsp; having&nbsp; =
a&nbsp;=20
police&nbsp; officer&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; police&nbsp; dog&nbsp; on&nbsp;=20
every&nbsp; campus&nbsp; that&nbsp; can&nbsp; sniff&nbsp; out&nbsp;=20
weapons,&nbsp; guns,&nbsp; drugs&nbsp; or&nbsp; bombs,&nbsp; so&nbsp; =
that&nbsp;=20
we&nbsp; create&nbsp; a&nbsp; safe&nbsp; environment&nbsp; where&nbsp;=20
kids&nbsp; can&nbsp; learn&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; not&nbsp; feel&nbsp;=20
threatened&nbsp; by&nbsp; gangs,&nbsp; drug-dealers&nbsp; or&nbsp; =
random&nbsp;=20
violence.</P>
<P>"Education&nbsp; remains&nbsp; the&nbsp; key&nbsp; to&nbsp; =
both&nbsp;=20
economic&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; polital&nbsp;&nbsp; empowerment."</P>
<P>-&nbsp;Barbara&nbsp; Jordan</P>
<P>The&nbsp; only&nbsp; way&nbsp; to&nbsp; bridge&nbsp; the&nbsp; =
gap&nbsp;=20
between&nbsp; the&nbsp; rich&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; the&nbsp; poor&nbsp; =
is&nbsp;=20
to&nbsp; <STRONG>make&nbsp; college&nbsp; mandatory.&nbsp; =
</STRONG>How&nbsp;=20
many&nbsp; people&nbsp; with&nbsp; college&nbsp; degrees&nbsp; are&nbsp; =

homeless,&nbsp; illiterate,&nbsp; incarcerated&nbsp; or&nbsp; even&nbsp; =

out&nbsp; of&nbsp; work?&nbsp; For&nbsp; anyone&nbsp; that&nbsp; =
cannot&nbsp;=20
afford&nbsp; college,&nbsp; the&nbsp; government&nbsp; could&nbsp;=20
increase&nbsp; its&nbsp; grant&nbsp; programs&nbsp; that&nbsp; =
cover&nbsp;=20
books,&nbsp; tuition,&nbsp; room&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; board&nbsp; =
&amp;&nbsp;=20
day-care&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; are&nbsp; paid&nbsp; back&nbsp; after&nbsp;=20
graduation.&nbsp; How&nbsp; do&nbsp; we&nbsp; pay&nbsp; for&nbsp; =
it?&nbsp;=20
It&nbsp; is&nbsp; cheaper&nbsp; to&nbsp; send&nbsp; someone&nbsp; =
to&nbsp;=20
college&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; have&nbsp; them&nbsp; become&nbsp; =
working,&nbsp;=20
tax&nbsp; paying&nbsp; citizens&nbsp; than&nbsp; what&nbsp; it&nbsp; =
cost&nbsp;=20
to&nbsp; send&nbsp; someone&nbsp; to&nbsp; prison&nbsp; for&nbsp; =
25&nbsp;=20
to&nbsp; life.&nbsp; (It&nbsp; cost&nbsp; $43,000&nbsp; a&nbsp; =
year&nbsp;=20
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