With the economic situation today, it is more important than ever to make sure that students are being provided with skills that allow them to compete in the job market. Every year it seems like we are hearing how schools in the United States are falling behind students in other developed countries, and yet funding for education continues to be cut. Education needs to be pushed to the forefront, in order for the United States to remain competitive in the world market. While spending for administration needs to be cut, focused spending for academic programs and upgrading technology needs to continue and even be increased to make students better prepared for college and the job market.
Although we need to provide a better educational experience for children, with current budget constraints calling for tightening of belts, not expanding our spending on education. However with the United States falling further behind in world rankings, we have to look at cutting costs that do not take away from the classroom. A major expense of every school district is the administrative budget, not the secretaries and custodial staff, but the school board and superintendents salaries. Many states have copious numbers of school districts all with their own superintendent and support staff. In Pennsylvania, state officials are proposing caps on superintendents’ salaries. “Roughly 70 percent of superintendents statewide earn more than the proposed caps, according to the state. Administration officials estimate the salary limits would save nearly $9.8 million annually” (Giordano). Besides capping salaries some states are looking at consolidating school districts, many rural districts throughout the USA can have fewer than fifty to one hundred students and by consolidating districts can cut on building, lighting, and administration costs.
Early childhood education is an important learning opportunity for children and making sure that children have access to solid educational programs can give a boost to how well children fair in future grades (Lamey, Barnett, and Jung). However many preschool programs are inadequate or nonexistent. Consolidating head start and current preschool programs to include every student would go a long way in making sure that children start off their educational career with a strong foundation. Earlier exposure to resources could also allow for physical and educational issues to be recognized earlier allowing for additional services to be provided to allow children to catch up with their peer group. Although this program would call for additional funding, consolidating head start, current preschool budgets, and the partial day preschool funds from the Department of Health and Social Services could go a long way in bridging the funding cap.
In almost every facet of today’s society technology is ingrained, except in the classroom. Teachers and school districts are relying on techniques they have been used for years, and are not taking...