Investing In Our Future
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the United States spent $12,300 per student per year for elementary and secondary education. That means we are ranked 4th in the world for the highest amount spent per student. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Education Expenditures by Country, retrieved January 22, 2019, from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cmd.asp)
But, are we getting our money’s worth? According to Pew Research Center, when comparing 15-year olds throughout the world, “among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.” They also ranked 24th in reading. However, the most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. 38th in Math, 24th in Science, and 24th in Reading. (Source: Pew Research Center, U.S. Students' Academic Achievement Still Lags That of Their Peers in Many Other Countries, Drew Desilver, retrieved January 22, 2019, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/).
Obviously, throwing more money at education has not been getting us the results we all want. Maybe it’s time to simply get better at educating our children. Luckily, I have a plan for that. My education plan is one specifically tailored with my 2nd District Constituents in mind. Our children are wildly different and diverse. Our cookie-cutter education system is like trying to force square pegs into round holes. We need an education system more tailored to the needs of the individual student and his or her family.
Luckily, I have a plan to fix our broken education system. My plan caters to the student, as an individual. My plan allows for flexibility and ensures success and mastery of the subjects. Imagine your child bringing home all A’s and B’s! Imagine your child being excited to learn, not just memorize a bunch of meaningless facts. Education is supposed to be fun and engaging, not a tedious chore.
Today, our teachers, parents, and especially our students are overworked and over stressed. My plan provides the highest quality of entertaining education, while significantly reducing stress on everyone. No more after-hours binge grading for the teachers. No more hours of homework for the students and parents.
My plan is ready to be introduced into Congress on Day One. Together, we can make Education the best it’s ever been!
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Why Public School Is Failing (Diagnostic Report)
Educating For Success Bill (solution)
Healthy Children Bill (food program)
Reopening Shuttered Schools: There are 4 Chicago Schools in our district that have been "shuttered" (meaning closed) in recent years. The first is Kate S. Buckingham School in Calumet Heights. The second is Daniel H. Burnham School in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood. The third is a branch of the Daniel H. Burnham School, which was known as the Susan B. Anthony School, also in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood. The fourth is Alfred D. Kohn School in the Roseland neighborhood. Altogether, that's 132,800 square feet of vacant buildings. These schools are in poor areas of the district. The most egregious part is that these schools are in neighborhoods where 95% or more of the student body are African-American. These children NEED their schools. I am looking into what can be done to reopen these schools, but with the Educating For Success plan to ensure that these children have a fighting chance at success!