Take pol­i­tics out of ed­u­ca­tion

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

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.

emily mixon

Austin

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