What Will the Education World Look Like Two Years From Now?
This is an historic time in education. As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act more money is being invested in education than ever before in the history of public education. The next two years has the potential to be a seminal period in modern education, transforming the public education system across its many sectors and impacting its various stakeholders including teachers, administrators, parents and students. But there are many unanswered questions and many potential pitfalls along the road ahead.
· How will school districts manage the financial reporting requirements?
· Will state legislatures move fast enough to give districts ample time to make wise use of the funds?
· Will School districts be able to invest quickly, accurately and wisely under the pressure of a two year deadline?
· How will the financial reporting requirements impact small school districts with limited administrative resources?
· What are the most promising new education initiatives being spawned by the ARRA funding?
· What new systems, education programs and best practices will emerge as big winners and which will be the big losers?
· People or programs, which is the best investment or ARRA funds?
· What percentage of the successful new programs started with ARRA funds will be sustainable beyond the end of the funding and what percentage will drop off of the funding cliff?
· Will the programs initiated under ARRA have any collateral impact on private education?
· How will these programs affect, educators, administrators, school nurses, afterschool programs, day care providers, Head Start programs, parents and most of all the children?
· And the ultimate question… When the two years are over and the funds have been expended what will be the end result?
No One Has a Crystal Ball
When the ARRA funds expire, will we look back and see that the money was invested well and our educational system and children are better prepared to meet the future? Or will we be listening to senate hearings two years from now about how the public trust was abused and the funds misused. No one can answer these questions in advance but you can follow all of the historic developments here on the Education Station, where the best educational reporting team in the nation will give you a 360 degree view of what is going on accrss the educational community.
The Best Educational Reporting Team
We have assembled the heads of the education community’s leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up to date information on the education issues you really care about. The on air hosts, include:
· Mark Ginsberg, Executive director of the National Association for the Education of Children and Youth.
· Dan Domenech, Executive director of the American Association of School Administrators.
· Michael McGrady, from the National Head Start Association
· Judy Nee, President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association
· John Musso, Executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
· Janice Esau, Executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
· Amy Garcia, Executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
· Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance
· Gail Connelly, Executive Director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their finger on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs will be an invaluable source for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analyst, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.
We are excited to bring you this team and this resource and are committed to making it a channel you can rely upon for fast, reliable and relevant information.
The BAM! Team