Educational Control Split in Congress
In the State Board of Education there’s going to be a big change in the balance of power. However it’s interesting that for the first time in decades, power will not be wielded by one of the two parties, instead the leadership will be split between them.
This state of affairs has resulted from the November election where the Republicans gained two extra seats on the board whilst the Democrats lost two. Previously there has always been a majority, most recently held by the Democrats who have held the balance of power for years, but now it’s all square on the eight member board.
This of course combined with a new education secretary appointed by Donald Trump will probably make for an interesting new year.
There are problems of course, across the US. Take any state and you’ll find some real issues with education for example Illinois is well known for it’s difficulties in this sector. There are some real highs and lows in the State particularly in those areas normally linked with money, areas where expenditure is key such as technology. Funding is probably the core issue here and the commission appointed to reform educational funding in Illinois has sat nearly three times a month for the last few months attempting to find a solution to it’s regressive system.
The state has the biggest gap between low and high income districts and there are similar huge gaps in the educational achievements between these two groups. The problem is that most of the solutions identified rely on billions more State funding to fill the gap, money that is simply not available. The commission plans to complete it’s final recommendations by February in order to allow legislation to be passed during the Spring session.