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28/03/2015 | No Comments »
If you measure success by how much money you collect, then the United States Department of Education has to make your list of winners. That’s because Obama’s 2016 budget proposal includes $70.7 billion in discretionary funding for the department, $3.6 billion more than last year and a jump of $14.7 billion since he took office and brought Arne Duncan with him.
He’s also proposing $145 billion in new mandatory spending and reforms over the next ten years.
The result: an alphabet soup of reforms, including the $4.3 billion RTTT (Race to the Top), which helped institute Common Core and the $5 billion RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching) Initiative designed “to support efforts to transform the teaching profession.”
And where has all this “help” gotten us so far? Here are a few facts:
• Roughly 500,000, 15%, of our teachers now either move or leave the profession every year.
• Nearly 20%, of teachers, one in five, at high-poverty schools leave the profession every year, a rate 50% higher than those in more affluent schools.
• 40% to 50% of new teachers leave the profession with the first five years on the job.
Even Teach for America is seeing a decline in the number Read the rest of this entry »