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Friday, January 7, 2011

Should a Minority Stakeholder in Education be Making All the Rules?

I'm curious. This report was released from Chris Nicastro's office as a general information letter to taxpayers.

Near the end of the letter, there are several graphs illustrating the source of educational funding for the state. My question is: Why are we giving up total control of our curriculum to Federal mandates when our state receives only 23% of our funding from the Federal Government?

Does this make sense to you? The federal mandates under which we've been operating haven't been successful so why would additional and more controlling mandates be considered the answer to ensure higher test scores?

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