Fair Student Funding is being piloted in several school districts and Baltimore is one because of its connection with
Wall Street through Johns Hopkins and Alonzo. As I said last time, this policy simply creates a tiered funding system that identifies the Advanced Placement (AP) students as the ones needing the most resources/funding. The idea of making each school independent and funding dependent on per pupil rather than staffing is to transition into what will be a privatized, profit-driven education systems that allow corporations and the rich to choose and then donate/fund specific schools all while getting taxpayer money for support. This is of course what private schools do now and Alonzo/Wall Street wants that to replace the democratic system of funding we have today. The reason Baltimore is chosen is first and foremost the existence of a captured political system and media. Secondly is the drive to gentrify the city......move the poor out and the affluent in with this policy through charter schools.
THE GOAL IS HAVING MOST OF THE TAXPAYER MONEY GO TO THE MOST AFFLUENT SCHOOLS EVEN AS THE MOST AFFLUENT ARE PAYING LESS AND LESS IN TAXES.
Now, the next piece of legislation that moves in the same direction is Obama's Student Loan Forgiveness Program. These corporations always have a catchy-plebian title for these programs. Just as with the housing relief legislation involving mortgage principal write-downs and interest rate drops, this legislation is a windfall for the most affluent and helps the middle/lower class very little. That is the intent. Having the wealthy shed most of their higher education costs to taxpayers ---you and me----while most can no longer afford to attend university. It is perverse and perfectly elite-minded.
YOUR MARYLAND THIRD WAY INCUMBENT VOTED FOR ALL OF THESE.....BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL, MARYLAND ASSEMBLY, AND FEDERAL POLITICIAN SUPPORTS THESE POLICIES THAT ONLY BENEFIT THE AFFLUENT. STOP REELECTING THEM!!!!!
WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD TO FIGHT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING. IF YOU HAVE THE UPPER-CLASS PRIVATE SCHOOLS BECOMING 'PUBLIC' THROUGH CHARTERS WHILE REMAINING EXCLUSIVE AND WITH HIGHER FUNDING GOING TOWARDS ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STUDENTS, THERE WILL BE A LARGE SUCKING SOUND OF PUBLIC EDUCATION MONEY GOING TO THE TOP..
ADD TO THAT THE OBAMA STUDENT LOAN BILL THAT SUPPOSEDLY HELPS ALL STUDENTS BUT GIVES HIGH END STUDENTS ENORMOUS BREAKS IN REPAYING FEDERAL LOANS AND AGAIN, YOU SEE ALL THIS SENDING HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO THE TOP EARNERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE ARTICLE BELOW INDICATES THIS STUDENT LOAN BILL, BASED ON INCOME WILL ELIMINATE MOST OF THE ELITE STUDENT'S TUITION COSTS.
Census: Private School Enrollment Continues to Fall
By Sarah D. Sparks on October 12, 2012 8:07 AM HECHINGER REPORT
Private school enrollment continues to drop, according to 2011 American Community Survey data released this week by the the U.S. Census Bureau.
As of 2011, the Census found 4.1 million students attended private elementary and high schools, a drop from both 4.8 million in 2005, the last count, and private schools' high-water mark of 6.3 million in 1965. This has in part been attributed to the growth of charter schools, which some families see as a free alternative to the local district school.
For example, private schools' share of kindergarteners dropped from 4.7 percent of all children ages 3 to 5 in 1965 to 2.2 percent of the same age group in 2009, the most recent count; during the same time period, public schools enrolled nearly one in four of those children in 2009, up from little more than 18 percent in 1965. This includes children in preschool, which in many states remains a private enterprise; private preschools enrolled 15.3 percent of 3- to 5-year-olds in 2009, compared to 21.3 percent for public preschool programs.
Obama’s Student Loan Program Is a Windfall for the Rich Study Says
By The Daily Ticker | Daily Ticker – Fri, Oct 19, 2012 8:55 AM EDT
By Nicole Goodkind
Chances are you know someone who has student debt. Two-thirds of all college graduates leave school with student loans. The average balance is $26,600 per student. Last year outstanding student loan debt reached $1 trillion.
Both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have addressed the rising cost of college on the campaign trail.
Unfortunately, according to Jason Delisle, director of the New America Foundation's Federal Education Budget Project, neither Obama's nor Romney's proposals to lower student debt will work.
When asked what he will do for students, Romney is quick to point to the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, the program he established as Governor of Massachusetts. The program pays the 4-year tuition fees for the top 25% of high school performers if they are enrolled full-time in a Massachusetts public college or university.
Jason Delisle tells The Daily Ticker that this plan is not viable.
"I'm not entirely sure that it would be a model for the country," he says. "There's a certain culture around these student aid programs. They are to provide open access and not necessarily direct aid to certain types of students based on their performance."
Obama's proposal to lower student loan debt centers on the income-based repayment plan (IBR). The initial plan was passed under the George W. Bush administration in 2009. IBR allowed college graduates to spend just 15% of non-discretionary income on student loan repayments with complete loan forgiveness after 25 years.
President Obama amended the program in 2010 so that graduates spend only 10% of non-discretionary income on loan repayment and are granted forgiveness after 20 years. The new rules are scheduled to go into effect in 2014 but the White House wants to implement the updated program by the end of this year.
Jason Delisle and Alex Holt have published a paper examining the effects of Obama's new proposal and the results are not promising.
The study found that under the new IRB rules there is no extra cost in borrowing an additional dollar after a student loan debts exceed $60,000, regardless of salary.
"This is the more you borrow the more you can have forgiven," explains Delisle. "The provision doesn't really have any safeguard so that someone earning a substantial income wouldn't be disqualified from getting loan forgiveness."
For example, a law school student with $120,000 in debt and a starting salary of $65,000 might have $160,000 forgiven after 20 years.
"On the one hand you have the Obama administration talking about the spiraling cost of tuition and that they have a plan to keep tuition low and stop the growth or slow the growth, but this goes in a completely different direction," Delisle notes.
Delisle suggests reverting back to the Bush-era plan for borrowers with high incomes and implementing the new Obama plan for borrowers with low incomes.
"Those two things alone should essentially take care of the issues that we've highlighted," he says. "That will leave the core of the Obama administration's proposal in place and essentially close the loophole for these high-income earners."
YOU CAN SEE O'MALLEY AND YOUR INCUMBENTS SETTING THE STAGE FOR WHAT WILL BE 'SQUEEZING THE MOST PROFIT OUT OF A SERVICE'.
I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT YOUR INCUMBENT VOTED FOR THIS LEGISLATION 2 YEARS AGO AND ALTHOUGH WE HAVEN'T SEEN IT REAR ITS HEAD IN K-12 AS A GENERAL POLICY, IT IS ADVANCING AND STUDENTS USING IT ARE GENERALLY NOT IMPRESSED/MOTIVATED.........HOW BEST TO MAXIMIZE PROFITS THEN TO SIT KIDS IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER SCREEN. MAYBE THAT IS WHY FUNDING BASED ON STAFF IS UNNECESSARY? THAT IS WHY THEY PASSED IT. IT WILL NOT BE ONLY COLLEGE-LEVEL CLASSES!
Legislation creating virtual schools becomes law without governor’s signature May 24, 2010 at 11:54 am
By Erich Wagner
Gov. Martin O’Malley has allowed a bill authorizing the State Board of Education to open “virtual public schools” to go on the books without his signature because of the program’s lack of funding mechanism.
Bills in Maryland become law automatically 45 days after the end of the legislative session if the governor does not veto them, as he did a number of duplicate bills. But it is still noteworthy when a governor refuses to take a position on an issue by refraining from signing a bill.
O’Malley said in a letter to House Speaker Michael Busch that he was concerned about how the state would fund these virtual schools, which allow students to learn from an instructor over the Internet, instead of in a brick-and-mortar school. He added that the bill lacks any requirements for accountability or how teachers are to be involved in online learning.
“I support the use of online courses to meet specialized academic needs and I am open to the concept of stand-alone virtual public schools,” O’Malley said in the letter. “However, in its current posture, House Bill 1362 does not address critical components necessary to make a virtual school successful.”
State analysts estimate the bill will cost the state $53,700 in fiscal 2011 to cover the costs of developing regulations for state virtual schools. Local governments that choose to implement these schools will need to hire teachers and purchase software. Although it could cost less for a student to learn through an online program than at a physical school, analysts said, the possible influx of students currently home-schooled or at private schools could increase the state’s expenditures “substantially.”
O’Malley said he was allowing the bill to pass into law despite his concerns because the program will not go into effect until September 2011, allowing the legislature to codify virtual schools’ funding mechanism and regulations during next year’s session.
“There is ample time to address the above concerns during the 2010 Interim and develop clarifying legislation for the 2011 Session,” O’Malley said. “I will direct the Maryland State Department of Education to work with education groups to review and recommend changes to House Bill 1362 to ensure that Maryland’s virtual school law is well designed and successful.”