“Massachusetts is #1 in education…” Mitt Romney in last night’s debate.
Today, Diane Ravitch points out why Massachusetts is the top state in education:
“The Massachusetts reforms were passed by the Legislature ten years before Romney became Governor in 2003. The reforms doubled state funding of public education from $1.3 billion in 1993 to $2.6 billion by 2000; provided a minimum foundation budget for every district; committed to develop strong curricula for subjects such as science, history, the arts, foreign languages, mathematics, and English; implemented a new testing program; expanded professional development for teachers; and tested would-be teachers. In the late 1990s, again before Romney assumed office, the state added new funds for early childhood education.”
It’s The Magic Formula, right? Money for every district, rich curriculum, PD and more funds for the pre K’s! Who wouldn’t want The Magic Formula implemented in every American school district? Whoops. Looks like it’s Romney.
Dr. Ravitch adds,
“So, yes, the Massachusetts reforms were costly, but Romney has no plans to fund anything new other than charters and vouchers, which were not part of his state’s academic success.”
But now that we have uncovered The Magic Formula, we can issue a distress call for help. We can ask The Tooth Fairy for the money and call on Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye to strong-arm the enforcement of rich curricula across our land. I know, it’s a little “top down” in style, but to soften the Formula’s spur, the Black Widow can lead the professional development sessions.
American education must be saved from the brink of disaster now and forever. To insure this, the position of Secretary of Education shall become a permanent federal appointment (much like the head of the FBI). The honor shall go to…
(cue the flugelhorn fanfare)