Friday, June 25, 2004

Grade Dubya on education

Out late with the gals. No booze; just a good book to discuss with a great group of women.

Anyways, by way of Pacific Views, we have a chance to grade Dubya on his education policy. Pelosi's site says this:

Click here to grade the Administration's educational conduct.

Every spring, students across the country are graded on their performance in school. Now is your chance to grade the Administration on its performance for schools. Here are a few highlights of the Administration's policy:
A $9.4 billion shortfall in funding the No Child Left Behind Act.
2.4 million children who will not get needed help with reading and math.
Unfunded mandates forced onto states, resulting in potential across the board education cuts in 21 states.
A freeze on federal Pell Grants as college tuition rises exponentially.
Education is the cornerstone to building America’s future. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms. At the same time, we must work to reduce class size, put in place the means for students to attain higher education, and make sure that we have the best trained, most qualified teachers in the world. Democrats are committed to providing high quality education to all of America’s children, creating a nation ready for the challenges of the 21st century.
Grade him here.

Second thoughts: can we grade the DLC/PPI as well? They're just as guilty of bringing on NCLB as the Dubya crew. Some other positions: pro-NAFTA, pro-corporate interests, anti-union, anti-grassroots, and anti-Dean. In fact, Dean is probably a bigger threat to their interests than Dubya. Doesn't that bring up huge question marks about their agenda? They aren't centrist nor are they progressive in my book, despite what they call themselves.