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Posts Tagged ‘Department of Education’

Asking a Hummer to get the fuel efficiency of a Prius

Friday, May 30th, 2008

With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon I am very thankful that I drive a Prius, the hybrid vehicle that gets around 50 miles to the gallon.  It is great for daily commutes and long trips for one or two people and it is ideal 95 percent of my driving. But if I have to move furniture or tow something, it is ill-equipped for the job.  I bring this up because it seems at times that in New Jersey, we want a Department of Education (DOE) that will haul the kind of cargo that would require a Hummer but do so with the fuel efficiency of a Prius.  Is that reasonable?

It is illuminating to read the testimony David Rousseau, New Jersey’s state treasurer, provided to the Assembly Budget Committee meeting on May 14, 2008:  “It is only reasonable to believe that a government that is smaller and cheaper is also a government that does less.  It is inevitable that by taking the dramatic step of reducing the size of government, we will accelerate both of those processes.”  (more…)

The mystery of the “State of the State Address” that does not talk about public education?

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

On January 8, 2008 governor gave his “State of the State Address” and education or, for that matter, many other major issues received only cursory remarks.  The bulk of the speech was dedicated to his Financial Restructuring and Debt Reduction Campaign.  The governor’s only direct remark about public education was this:“Late last night, the 212th legislature, on a truly bipartisan basis, took on an issue ducked and debated for years and passed a historically, educationally sound and I certainly hope constitutionally appropriate school aid formula.  This new formula will improve all of our schools …it will help unify our citizens …and it will demonstrate to the public that government can work to provide for the common good.”

So, should local school boards be concerned about the major subject of his State of the State message, that is, the financial restructuring plan?  Absolutely!  (more…)