Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Misery loves company

Texas is in trouble. The school funding problem is a nightmare, but, as the saying goes, misery loves company. At least we're not alone.

New York's Gov. George Pataki is appealing a court ruling that said his state needs $5.6 billion in new funds. Most observers believe it's a stall tactic designed to stretch the ultimate decision out long enough to exceed the Governor's time in office. Another profile in courage.

Meanwhile, New York City will receive over $30 million more from the Gates and Dell Foundation for the small schools intitiative. I've said before this strikes me as a great idea. Break up schools with thousands of kids into smaller campuses and increase the teachers' ability to form meaningful relationships with students. If we don't want students to fall through the cracks, teachers and administrators have to know who they are. Is this a panacea? No. Is it a step in the right direction? Most definitely.

Oh yeah, $5.6 billion in new money would help, too.

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