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More Budget Cuts or Free Community College?

With the popularity of education budget cuts over the past few years, it’s not surprising to see schools struggling with funding. However, this is becoming a serious issue. Earlier this month, the state of Kansas was the latest victim to endure a HUGE (and we mean huge!) budget cut for public schools and higher education. Funding for Kansas schools and higher education will be cut by 44.5 million! Of those 44.5 million, 28 million will be cut from K-12 public schools. Clearly, the US needs to give attention to this growing education crisis before more and more states become victims to severe budget cuts.

On a brighter note, we were happy to see an emphasis on education in both the the recent State of the Union address and in President Obama’s 2016 budget proposal. As outlined by his speech, Obama is going to try to push for higher education and more educational resources for our students.

Additionally, better preparation and protection for students is going to be another important priority for the education realm. Don’t have time to read the 150 pages that contain President Obama’s proposed budget? Don’t worry, here are some of the key points related to education:

1. Lowering the cost of community college to ZERO dollars for the first 2 years & providing more educational benefits &  paid apprenticeships

President Obama made a prediction about how the job market will unravel by the end of this decade, stating, “two in three job openings will require some higher education.” In order to better prepare students Obama is sending a bold new plan to Congress in which he proposes that the first two years of community college be absolutely free.

Additionally, in an attempt to better prepare our kids for the real world, President Obama called on the private sector to offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships. This too excites us, because internships and summer jobs can provide a foundation for all students as they transitions from school to work and adult life and decide on their career path after high school.

As advocators of special education, we would love to see new doors open for special needs students as they transition from school to work, including the chance to attend community college. Many community colleges offer programs and services for disabled students. For example, Golden West College in Orange County has a DSPS sector whose mission is to ensure that all students with disabilities have equal access to education and post educational opportunities.

Many community colleges offer programs and services for disabled students. For example, Golden West College in Orange County has a DSPS sector whose mission is to ensure that all students with disabilities have equal access to education and post educational opportunities.

Furthermore, DSPS ensures that these students are given the same opportunity to participate freely and actively in all facets campus life. If President Obama’s bold plan to make two years of community college free moves forward, it could potentially better prepare our special needs students for the real world and make that transition an easier one.

2.The Student Digital Privacy Act

In light of the the recent Sony hack and the overall concern of Americans’ privacy, Obama stated, “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids.” The goal is to safeguard American consumers and families. Part of this involves safeguarding student data both in the classroom and beyond.

The Stanfield Company is a big advocate of personal space, privacy, and social boundaries. The Student Digital Privacy Act would provide teachers and parents with the confidence they need to ensure that data gathered by schools (regarding students) is only used for education purposes.

The Student Digital Privacy Act would provide teachers and parents with the confidence they need to ensure that data gathered by schools (regarding students) is only used for education purposes.

Thus, preventing private companies from selling private information to third parties.

We believe that better preparing our students for the real world and keeping students safe both in the classroom and beyond are extremely important for the success and safety of students. As more proposals unravel, the JSC team will continue to explore their educational benefits and/or educational controversies. So stay tuned for more!

Sources:
CNN
New York Times
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