Voting on Education
Happy Election Day!!! It is finally here and I am ready to VOTE!
For me, there is a clear choice for president this election season; however I do not think it's my job to tell you who should get your vote. Instead, I'm going to share with you some unbiased, factual information about both candidates regarding the issues of Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Head Start. As speech therapists and parents involved in Early Intervention these are issues that will directly affect our jobs, our children, our funding and the decisions we make. Before casting your vote, it is important for you to know some of this vital information about each candidate!
According to a USA today article written on 10/17/12, by Greg Toppo, USA Today's national K-12 education writer, the following information was shared regarding both President Obama and Governor Romney's views about the Head Start program:
"Obama has increased funding for Head Start, the 46-year-old federal early childhood education program, but has also pushed to reform it. Last spring, he announced that underperforming local programs must to compete with other providers for federal funding.
Romney considers Head Start one of several federal programs that states should take over...Florida State Board of Education chairman Phil Handy, a Romney adviser, said Head Start "has been allowed to go on for decades not as an academic experience, unfortunately, but much more as a social experience, not preparing children for school."
Regarding Education, their views are similar in some ways, yet very different in other ways. For example, both have stated that they value good teachers. On the website, Obama vs. Romney http://obamaromney.com/Education-issue.php President Obama is quoted as saying, "We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones." His stance is to increase the amount of education being funded by the federal government which includes payment of teacher's student loans, as well as more federal funding of college tuition. Keeping that in mind, this may affect funding for early childhood education, as resources begin to get stretched thin. On the same website, Romney stated that "... education has to be held at the local and state level, not at the federal level. We need get the federal government out of education". He went on to say that as governor of Massachusetts, "We looked at what drives good education in our state, what we found is the best thing for education is great teachers, hire the very best and brightest to be teachers, pay them properly, make sure that you have school choice, test your kids to see if they are meeting the standards that need to be met, and make sure that you put the parents in charge". However, in poor neighborhoods with parents with limited involvement or who are absent, would those students get a fair chance? Are they getting a fair chance now?
Of course the issue of education and how it should be handled runs deep and the details are many. In an attempt to keep it simple, the following tends to be the biggest difference between our two candidates and really speaks to the heart of how things may be handled over the next four years:
President Obama has kept education at the federal level and has created more government programs, to provide and ensure appropriate education for America's students. Governor Romney wants to bring decision making back to the state and local levels, giving parents, the school districts and local legislatures more power, which would include expanding school options for students. Depending on which option you think is best may help to steer your vote today. Either way, exercise your right and duty as an American citizen and.....
Get out and VOTE TODAY!!!
May the best man for the job be our 45th President of the United States of America!