Terminate all federal education funding except funding listed herein. Create universal, voluntary federally funded after
school and summer school programs.
Require a minimum mean of 1200 hours of classroom
instruction per year, per district, per student, for K through 12 students nationwide.
Eliminate state, local, and federal bilingual education programs.
Eliminate Hope Scholarships. (Hope scholarships encourage price gouging by
colleges. They are unjust to those who do not go to college.
College grads earn more over their lifetimes. They can afford to take
out loans. They encourage people to attend college who would otherwise
be doing better things with their lives. Many ordinary college degrees create no overall benefit.)
Require uniform property tax rates throughout a given
state (if the state has property taxes). "Require states to invest roughly equal resources
in [every school district] per pupil" --Chaka Fattah
Ban all school-related lawsuits of teachers and K-12 public schools, except when an assault or physical injury or both occurs. Require national end of course exams in all public school courses. Require that national exams be 20 percent of final course grades. Test all American students in math and reading in the first, fourth, eighth, and twelfth grades. Provide statistical reports of the performance of all schools. Require all high school students to take a half year of decision making, one year of logic, one year of imperative oriented moral philosophy, four years of physical fitness (three days per week) and four years of civics (two days per week, including at least 50 clock hours of research supported anti-corruption strategies, using a broad definition of corruption) to earn a diploma.
Increase GEARUP funding by 22 percent and the number
of students served by a similar amount.
Provide universal federal funding for:
1.Know Your Body health ed programs at all
public primary schools, but removing the self-esteem building part of the
2.Life Skills Training or Project ALERT or both.
3.Prenatal and Infancy Nurse Home Visitation Programs.
Require calculation of teacher pay in per pupil
spending totals within districts for allocating Title I funds. Increase
Title I funding by 40 percent. Make federal education funds contingent on
redrawing school intradistrict lines so that public schools have greater
equality of family income within them. Require all newly built K-8 public schools to serve no more than 200 students.
Eliminate the Department of Education and replace
it with a new cabinet level department concentrating on three areas:
2.Equalizing per pupil funding in public schools across the
nation while factoring in local costs of living.
3.Nationwide research, standards, testing, and reporting.