Our governor, Deval Patrick, is trotting out a fully developed, 10-year education-reform and advancement program. As is, it’s a lightning rod for naysayers and unlikely to get funding. Plus, why the devil didn’t Deval do the netroots and grassroots thing?
This week, the full program should emerge. He’s been revealing bits of it in a series of public presentations…after the fact. Check with his office for the full version after tomorrow’s roll-out at the JFK Library.
The ambitious multiphasic program is a veritable Santa’s bag stuffed with goodies, like:
- Smaller class sizes, particularly in younger grades
- Universal pre-kindergarten
- All-day kindergarten
- A statewide tracking system per student to measure achievement and needs
- Additional statewide evaluation and help for at-risk students
- Â Adult basic education and English as a second language programs
There are also hints of free tuition at community college and more.
Immediate negative reaction has included where’s the money coming from and will big cities get all the attention and cash?
The first is certainly a fair question. The governor has not been able to get the legislature to fund necessary maintenance, much less his grander plans. The capons in the legislative roost all cluck, “No new taxes. No new taxes.”
Ryan thinks some of this is possible and may happen piecemeal. Mike figures that unlike many of Deval’s proposals, the apple-pie positive nature of education may make this a more palatable effort for raising taxes. It is both a 10-year program with lower per-year prices and something the legislature may be able to cut down, pretending they were saving taxpayers money as well as doing good by the commonwealth.
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