The nation as a whole benefits from a better educated population. We must do all we can to promote educational excellence at every level. Therefore I propose that a program be started by the govt to purchase and forgive all private or govt education loans taken for any kind of post secondary study or training, not just college. Then each person receiving such help shall have a 2% surcharge on their taxable income each year until the principle is paid back. This way the money currently being paid
Cost-Control higher education by making federal aid and subsidies conditional on a single formula measuring value, academic vs. non-academic spending, and the number of low- and middle-income students universities take in. Then replace loans and grants with government-covered tuition and fees that are repaid with after graduation with an income surtax of 5% for university graduates and 3% for community college graduates. In the meantime, support a bailout of students paying off large loans
Regarding the California Lottery, I would like to see a Lotto ticket with an actual California schools' name printed on it. Whoever wins $$ will know that a portion, let's say, 30% will actually go to that particular school. I read that California schools are in big trouble with little or no money; well, isn't the California Lottery helping fund public schools, or is the money going somewhere else??
Explore the effectiveness of performance (competency) based learning, as it was executed in the Chugach School District in Alaska and is advocated for by the Re-Invent Schools Coalition (RISC), in a number of other schools and, if its effectiveness proves repeatable in different settings, advocate for its broad implementation. Stop social promotion. Support relevant content and subject mastery before promotion.
Implement a national, one-time tax on every citizen's gross-annual income to pay down student loan debt. Additionally, implement the same tax on all businesses net-profit. Then, forgive all student loans and set-up a system that allows you to use flexible spending to pay future student loans and tuition.
Nationalize our education standards, and all schools. Formerly private schools would continue to operate, but would be funded by the government and would teach the national curriculum. Public schools would be funded and managed like the civil service system (i.e. DoDS Schools). President would appoint a superintendent for each of the states and territories, and state superintendents would appoint regional supervisors for schools. Example: European systems like the UK and France.
Get all text books and learning modules/materials that are on paper and move ALL schools to a paperless environment within 5 yrs. Younger students would use the same age appropriate "laptop" type of computer. As the student learns and moves to higher grade level material, appropriate hardware and software would be provided. The real world is moving to paperless, why are schools stuck with books that are so old they are falling apart.
put the education back in the public schools. It is a known fact that kids learn faster the younger they are. I have a suggestion to make the junior high and high schools better. Include classes that do not take a whole year, make them packet classes in 6-8 week incriments. I also would like to see the students be able to graduate with certificate classes, like in welding, broadcasting, real estate sales persons license,
Create national student defense loans, with low interest rates, and allow college grads and students who took out loans during the Bush years (and were forced to go through intermediaries to secure government funded support) to apply and refinance their college loans. It is in our national security to have a highly educated and trained workforce.