Education in the 110th - where's the beef?

I wrote a piece a week or so back flagging up that the authorization of Federal aid to education was going to expire in 2007.

Now I read over at DKos a piece which links a report (PDF) from the American Federation of Teachers which outlines the dreadful physical state of many school buildings.

I'd be very surprised if teachers generally were not under the impression that a Dem-controlled Congress would, as an early priority, be preparing legislation to address this issue, amongst others relating to K-12 - although, as my earlier piece mentions, there is no mention of K-12 in the long version of New Direction.

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No Child Left Behind runs out in September 07

Just looking at a piece over at DKos on an education panel for Yearly Kos, and am drawn into a side-mooch on the No Child Left Behind Act.

During which I learn (I clearly haven't been paying attention) that the NCLB Act runs out in 2007.

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Bush Presidential Priorities, Debt and Defense ©

Never was there a doubt. President George W. Bush said, "Bipartisan education reform will be the cornerstone of my Administration." Yet, it never was.  It is not that the Democrats did not wish to work with Mr. Bush to improve our schools and to set a standard of excellence for the nation's children.  It is that Baby Bush had a truer mission, that of spreading Democracy throughout the world. This goal has always distracted King George.  

This President has "war" on his mind.  For him, "conflict" is the definition of the democratic process.  He promotes it in his daily travels.  He may speak of erudition; however, he acts on combat.

George W. strives to be the one that unites nations; however, he divides them.  He destroys nations aboard and at home.  He battles, blames, and builds walls, not bridges.  

This President speaks of being a "compassionate conservative," and just as his father, he envisions himself as "kinder and gentler;" however, the truth is he is leaving millions, billions, and trillions behind.  The rich are getting richer, the poor, poorer; and the children . . . they are left behind.  

* Please Read, Children Left Behind,Washington Post and The Children Left BehindThe Institute for Women's Policy Research

According to the Congressional Budget Office, "The government will spend $217 billion on interest on the debt this year. By contrast, federal spending for the Department of Education is $83 billion."

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