What's Your Advice For The Next Administration?
Today’s education page in the Washington Post features a series of letters to Education Secretary nominee Arne Duncan. Reporter Valerie Strauss asked some experts -- including a university chancellor, a school superintendent, and an education professor -- to send in some suggestions for the new guy.
They gave her (and Duncan) an earful. Among their recommendations: Abolish No Child Left Behind, make pre-kindergarten universal, fully fund special education.
With the new administration on its way in, change is in the air. And most everyone has an idea of which way the wind should blow. That includes the younger set, a group Obama worked hard to include in his campaign and his vision.
Nihaar Sinha & Max Kieff, two juniors at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, are taking him up on his promise to engage youth in the political process. The cofounders of their high school consulting club have written their own letter to the incoming president, along with an economic plan they say could help turn around the tumbling economy.
"The period we are in right now, it’s revolutionary for economics," said 16-year old Nihaar. "We are re-examining everything we know...and redefining what we believe." Given the flux, he thinks a teenager could offer a helpful, less "cluttered" perspective on how to dig the country out of this hole.
Their plan zeroes in on unemployment by trimming the corporate tax rate and broadening access to health care as key ways to ease people's fears and get them shopping and investing again. The students emphasized it's a bipartisan plan: Max was a volunteer for the McCain campaign, and Nihaar was an Obama supporter. You can read the details here.
What are your ideas for the incoming president or education secretary?
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