Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry, the public education president?

"Education is a state issue, and the federal government has no business dictating academic standards or curriculum to states...” so goes the thinking in the State of Texas where  Governor Rick Perry announced last Saturday he was running for president. And Gov. Perry sent a letter on January 13, 2010, to U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan informing him that:
"I will not commit Texas taxpayers to unfunded federal obligations or to the adoption of unproven cost-prohibitive national curriculum standards and test. RTTT would amount to as little as $75 per student in one-time funding, yet the cost to Texas taxpayers to implement national standard and assessment could be up to an estimated $3 billion.  In the interest of preserving our state sovereignty over matters concerning education and shielding local schools from unwarranted federal intrusion into local district decision-making, Texas will not be submitting an application for RTTT funds."
Gov. Perry published a book, FED UP!, critical of the federal government role in state matters and has already garnered the support of a group of local prominent Republicans in Buffalo who last Thursday announced their support for his candidacy.

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Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
"Let’s be honest: we need a lot more well-off, well-educated white folks with a personal stake in both charter schools and education reform in general if we’re going to take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally.Whitney Tilson, hedge fund manager and major funding angel for the school privatizing Democrats for Education Reform, thinks there’s not enough rich, educated white folks.( Preaprez) click photo to his blog.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education, click photo