3 ways Congress can support public education 

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MARIA FERGUSON (mferguson@gwu.edu) is executive director of the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

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  • Dr. Sandy Womack Jr.

    Maria Ferguson, thank you for your insight and opinions on three ways Congress can support public education. Of the three points presented, DECA, For-Profit Colleges, and Defining the Civic role of Public Education, not one addresses the dilemma a lot of the K-12 students across our country is addressing. Convergent Interest is a concept coined by Dr. Derek Bell. It is appropriate for the information we are discussing. What are the espoused values of public education versus the enacted? Our Public Schools now have a three-tiered system which is the equivalent of tracking. We have parochial, public, and charter (or community schools). The vast majority of students in the public schools are students of color, many of which are attending for-profit colleges and incurring considerable debts with nontransferable credits. Incurring debt for college credits and certificates from non accredited institutions further impact the economic system for students most at risk. I think your article is timely but if Congress plans on supporting public education they need to talk with the teachers, administrators and the people that touch the work, not write the articles. I’d offer my three ways if you don’t mind: 1.) Congressman can create policy eliminating the use of public dollars for private and for-profit schools 2.) Congress could establish policy institutes that meet at the public schools which are impacted most heavily by the policies they enact. 3.) Congress could recognize that the majority of our public school students are students of color and solicit their opinions on what is working and what is not. Just my thoughts. God Bless. I intend to inform and not offend. Dr. Sandy D. Womack Jr., Educational Administrator

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