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Friday, October 22, 2010

"Show Me The Money"

“Show me the money!”  These words from the movie “Jerry Maguire” seem to describe some of the tenets of 2010 Kansas gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback.  In one of his campaign brochures he is calling for educational leaders to “promote uniform accounting of school districts’ use of state funds and require transparent online spending reports.”  With many schools touting that every classroom has an electronic smart board and how “wired” they are, putting a monthly line item school budget online should be an easy fair.  And besides, with nothing to hide, the public could see exactly where every one of their taxpayer dollars is going.
Another Brownback “show me the money” tenet is to “ensure that students who pass the 4th grade read at grade level.”  I am anticipating that Mr. Brownback also means that these same students can write, articulate and comprehend at the 4th grade level (or above) as measured by a reliable standardized assessment.  Likewise, if a student does not reach this lofty goal, they should be provided with the appropriate services that will get them up to snuff instead of just being passed along.
I would think that school leaders would have already instituted—or are at least in the process of instituting—the two aforementioned Brownback tenets.  If not, hopefully the candidate for Kansas governor who wins will “show us the money” and not “show us the rhetoric “by launching these two important educational platforms.

1 comment:

  1. I am a school psychologist. I often joke with friends that my new mantra these days are Jerry McGuire inspired, "Show meeeee the dataaaaaa!" "Help ME, help YOU!" All thanks to the slow shift to the RtI model in special ed (which in theory is nice, but in trying to create a viable shift toward, is not so nice...what with those snarly hairballs). Talk about accountability is moot when there the funding isn't there. And in fact, the current and prior politically initiated accountability models in place have never been fully funded by the powers that be in order to ensure said student achievement. Whats more, in recent years public education has suffered deep cuts due to the state of the economy... Though, the rhetoric continues nonetheless, though we now have the expectation of doing more with even less. Can you say "burnout?" BTW, I Like this post : )