Take politics out of education
Remember in January when Gov. Rick Perry and Education Commissioner Robert Scott withdrew Texas from the Race to the Top grant competition? Federal standards weren’t good enough for Texas because our own were top-notch and there were other ways of gaining funds.
Look around now. We have broke school districts and underperforming schools. It’s too bad Texas leadership cared more about political appearances than the children of Texas.
Perry had no problem with No Child Left Behind, but suddenly accepting federal funds is out the window under the Obama administration. Nothing seems more parti- san to me.
As a recent graduate of Austin High School, I worry for the future of the system I’m leaving. So let’s stop sitting back as helpful funds and higher expectations are shoved away for purely political reasons, and let’s do what’s right for the students, the teachers and the future.