Our Nation and Education

By Joya Cooper

“Detroit is closing more than 40 schools, Kansas City wants to close more than 40 Percent of its school buildings. Other cities have been closing schools over the last decade.”

1 “Today, there are some 1,039[+] independent school districts in Texas.”2 Schools all over Texas, as well as all over the country have been shutting down. Lately, due to the $2 billion cut from Texas education, schools have had to shut down at an even more astounding rate. If there are over 1,000 independent school districts in Texas, I can’t even imagine how many of our Texas public schools have had to close and how many of our precious teachers have had to find other work. At the same time, due to the recent Recession, parents of public school students all over the country have lost their jobs and have been forced to take lower paying jobs as well as multiple jobs just to stay afloat. It is pretty obvious that the cut in the Texas education budget and our Recession has a lot to do with our current education problems, but it is so much more complicated than that.

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A Brief history of U.S. Education Reform

By Sophie Strang

The ESEA is an acronym for The Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It was passed in 1965 during Lyndon Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty,’ in order to help fund and rebuild the structure of k-12 classrooms from the bottom, up. [State of Union War on Poverty]

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