Federal Education –
We must close the Department of Education and send the job back to where it belongs – the states and communities where the Schools are. There is no constitutional authority for the federal government to be in the school business.
This will give our citizens the ability to decide what’s best for the children, in their own state, county, city or township. This includes all public and private school systems, which should be regulated by the individual state and not the federal government. Again, we must adhere to the constitution.
We must allow the local school districts, with the parents input, to make these decisions, thereby becoming, once again, the responsible persons in the education of the children.
I realize some may say we need to implement a program that would actually allow the monies sent to a state to follow the child whether in public, private, charter etc. However, even though I agree the monies should follow the student, as that’s what the parent pays for, my goal is to eliminate the federal system all together, so states and the parents/voters in each state, will petition the local government to set policy rather than D.C.
Arizona Education: Cut Costs, Improve the Future –
I come from a business background in the food industry. I would like to see some simple business practices put in place to cut the cost and improve the education of our children.
Over the years I’ve spoken with several of our elected legislators and statewide elected officials concerning this issue. They all agree we need to fix the system. However, we have not seen real action in this direction, so I’m proposing we do it ourselves.
I propose a simple fix to the way our schools all buy supplies. While I was in the food industry, our clients, such as Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Fry’s, Safeway, Albertson, etc., had buying offices where we called on them to sell our products to them to be sold in their stores.
The buyer set up the purchasing agreement with each company as to the price they’d pay, and we’d agree to supply all the stores with this product at that price no matter where we delivered it. This gave them a uniform price and gave us a guaranteed customer. My proposal is much the same: that all the schools in the state submit their orders for desks, tables, computers etc. to one main office and that office negotiates the contracts in a bulk system thereby lowering the costs to all, by anywhere from 15% to 50%.
This process would increase the buying power by reducing the cost, and we then could take the monies saved and make some improvements in the system, such as: a bonus program for teachers based on improved student grades, repairs and purchase of new equipment needed for schools, and last but not least, paying down our state’s debt. These three items would be the only areas where the money could be spent, so as to keep the system honest.
This, I believe, would go a long way in restoring our system of education to our children and preparing them for a bright future. It would also help our teachers receive better pay and more incentives to focus on education rather than the cost of in-class supplies and, lastly, help get our state out of debt. I hope you’ll agree with me and help US attain these goals.