Skip to comments.In Texas Schools, Perry Shuns Federal Influence
Posted on 09/03/2011 1:11:28 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
In May, during the waning days of the 82nd Legislature, Gov. Rick Perry made a rare trip to the Senate chamber to broker a deal.
....After about 90 minutes, Mr. Perry emerged from the closed-door meeting to tell reporters he felt very optimistic that lawmakers would reach an agreement.
Shortly, they did, agreeing to a change in the way the state allocates money to its schools that, in practical terms, meant a historic reduction of $4 billion in financing and an additional $1.4 billion cut in discretionary grants for public education.
How the budget will affect the states public schools will be a cornerstone of Mr. Perrys legacy and could influence his fate as a presidential candidate. But he is likely to be remembered most for a far more public battle: staving off the federal governments influence and sometimes its dollars from invading Texas classrooms.
When Secretary of Education Arne Duncan jabbed Mr. Perry on public schools in mid-August, it was only the latest skirmish between the governor and the Obama administration since late 2009, when Mr. Perry announced that the state would not sign on to common core-curriculum standards....
The announcement was quickly followed by news that Texas would not participate in the administrations signature education program, a competition among states for $4.35 billion in grants, because of its emphasis on the adoption of the common curriculum. Texas public schools were eligible for $700 million through the grants.
I am not prepared to sell control of our states education system for any price,....The common curriculum, he said, could lead to the dumbing down of the states standards.
Mr. Perrys disdain for the federal governments role in public education, along with legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal heath care overhaul,.......
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Gov. Rick Perry said "no" to competing in "Race to the Top." Texas Knows Best How to Educate Our Students
But Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee and her Democratic Party wanted Perry's signature so the "money would flow to our schools within days."
Gov. Perry sued for Texas' money (without Washington telling us how to spend it) -- And won! Promise Kept.
Mona Charen: NRO Beware those 'radical' ideas -- Good opinion piece on Perry and education Reagan simplicity that works
Perry Draws Flak for Plan to Run Universities Like Businesses ..Perry, who has been governor since 2000, has filled state boards and commissions with those who share his vision and has launched a public attack on college costs.
A bold, Texas-style solution, the governor said in an address to the Legislature. Im challenging our institutions of higher education to develop bachelors degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks.
The amount is about a quarter of what students at the University of Texas and Texas A&M pay for tuition and books. An organization formed to fight the changes, Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, counts among its members power Republicans such as TRT Holdings Chief Executive Robert Rowling, who gave $1 million to the conservative super PAC American Crossroads. Handling media for the group former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, the Post reported.
Nonetheless, some of Perrys higher-education ideas could be catching on elsewhere. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was passing on a list of higher education reform ideas from Texas known as the Seven Breakthrough Solutions to candidates for the Florida university and college boards of trustees, the Post reported.
Rick Perry Leads the Way on Higher-Ed Reform [snip] First, runaway college costs are an important kitchen table issue for American families. After the economic woes of the past decade, many families are wondering how they are going to afford to send their kids to college (the yearly cost of attending an in-state four-year public college now tops $16,000 per year).
Second, like our public schools, Americas colleges are woefully underperforming. The authors of the recently published book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses found that 45 percent of college students show no improvement in critical skills after two years in college. Troubling statistics are forcing many families to question whether investing time and money in college is really worth it, particularly since many college graduates are struggling to find employment and appear to have gained few marketable skills.
Third, colleges are creating a heavy burden for taxpayers. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, higher-ed spending accounts for approximately 10 percent of state spending. And federal subsidies for higher education (including grants, loans, tax credits, and direct payments to schools) amount to well over $100 billion annually.
Fourth, colleges have long been an intellectual driver of progressivism in American life. I am sure I am not the only person who found my undergraduate and graduate school years to have been a tiring indoctrination in leftist ideas. It is surely no coincidence that young American voters are more included to vote for the Left after this indoctrination.
For too long, the Right has neglected the need to challenge and reform American higher education. But in the current political climate, reforming colleges and universities (as well as our student-aid policies) is an eminently winnable fight and one that would yield big gains for students and taxpayers.
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Thank you shield.
It’s a long article but very informative.
I can see why the NYT dumped it on a Saturday over a long holiday weekend.
Worth the read as is the LINK in Post #1. “Will Rick Perry Unravel the Strange Consensus on Public Education?”
Food for thought.
Very nice and true. A Saturday and holiday weekend dump...
Very simplistic and potentially very dangerous, an official of the American Association of University Professors said. This is . . . simplistic, said the dean of faculties at A&M. Simplistic, said the Houston Chronicle. A group of former regents and wealthy school boosters organized a pressure group to oppose -Perrys reforms. The group hired Karen Hughes, a close aide to the second President Bush, as press spokesman. The rage at Perry from within the establishment has taken many forms: You think its easy stealing someones college transcript?<<<<............