I’m not so far removed from my time at the alma mater that I can’t remember the highs and lows of college textbooks. The excitement of the book list for new classes. The dilemma of whether to buy new or used. The challenge of lugging a stack of books back to the dorm. And then the roulette-like feeling of finding out how much those textbooks were worth a mere three months after buying them (and knowing that the spines of many of them may not have been cracked during that time).
Just how important is providing all students a safe and secure learning environment? While drug searches in our schools have been around for decades, and the case law empowering local school districts to do so seems quite clear, such searches can divide a community, resulting in some very heated rhetoric and accusations. Are we really taking issue with zero-tolerance drug policies in the schools and questioning the right to a safe and drug-free learning environment?
For the past three years, we have heard a great deal about the financial cliffs our states were falling off, particularly with regard to education funding. When the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in early 2009, the promise was additional dollars to the states for K-12 education, all in the name of ensuring that programs and service levels were not slashed as a result of the economic downturn.
How do you solve a problem like ESEA? Last week, Eduflack opined on how ESEA reauthorization didn’t seem to be moving as scheduled, and how EdSec Arne Duncan and company could make due with NCLB with a few changes. Based on Duncan’s remarks over the weekend, reported superbly (as always) by the Associated Press’ Dorie Turner, it looks like Eduflack was doing a little more than just whistlin’ in the wind.
Earlier this year, President Obama and EdSec Arne Duncan made it perfectly clear. We absolutely, positively needed ESEA reauthorization before the start of the 2011-2012 school year. As we are now less than three months from that benchmark, how close are we?