Trickle-Down Education Budget Deal Misses the Mark Washington, D.C. is aglow as both parties hail the centerpiece of the budget agreement: a deal to hire more than 30,000 teachers in the coming year and increase the U.S. Department of Education's budget by nearly 12 percent. But the enthusiasm of Washington's political elite seems to find little resonance in the rest of the nation. At a time of serious problems in American education, Washington's prolific spending will at best provide trickle-down benefits -- and may even be harmful because it obscures the need for more fundamental reforms.
More Teachers Would be the Best Deal for Students Dear Editor: Three cheers for Bob Holland's September 30 op-ed ("Teachers Speak Out For the Real Deal In School Reform") and its insight into how teachers have here-to-fore been largely shut out of the debate for meaningful education reforms by both the teachers' unions and other education elites.
Virginia Ought to Join Move to Scrap Bilingual Education It is more essential for young people to possess good English-language skills today than ever in our history. But until the education establishment in Virginia and elsewhere abandons its widespread commitment to the fundamentally unsound practice of bilingual education, progress toward English fluency will continue to elude millions of young Americans.
Bilingual Education: Where Do We Go From Here? Earlier this month, California voters soundly rejected bilingual education. Proposition 227, the "English for the Children Initiative," won widespread support among white and Hispanic voters despite being opposed by President Clinton, all four major candidates for Governor, the state's large and powerful teachers' unions and the education bureaucracy. As a result, the state -- with 1.3 million students classified as "Limited English Proficient" -- will be teaching them almost entirely in English when the new school year starts this Fall.
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