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Don’t take federal funds

2011-07-26T00:00:00Z Don’t take federal fundsBy Jon Rush - Letter to the Editor Helena Independent Record
July 26, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Regarding “No child left behind,” and Denise Juneau’s complaints, the solution to her dissatisfaction with the program can be remedied very simply, and she touched upon it. Don’t take the federal funding.

It is almost as absurd to believe the federal government has any role whatsoever in the education of Montana’s children as it is to continue to feed off of those federal funds to hire consultants from every corner of the country who come in to tell us what is best for our children’s education.

Dismissing the consultants, nonprofits, and layers of administrators that increasingly come between the students and the classroom, teachers can cover the loss of these federal funds.

However, if this monetary loss seems to Juneau as something she can’t deal with, then she needs to zip it up because you have to dance for the piper if you are going to allow him to play the tune.

Jon Rush


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  1. Westwind
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    Westwind - July 27, 2011 12:17 pm
    Those Federal Funds come from the Federal Income taxes we pay. It would be the height of stupidity to refuse Federal Funding. The money woiuld simply go to another state.

    It's also stupid to deny funding to those that most need it. Like rural Montana....that doesn't have the population base resources to provide for the educational needs of our fellow human beings.
  2. patriot
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    patriot - July 27, 2011 9:06 am
    Personnaly, some standards must apply to recieving federal funding. Education is just too important. If no standards exist, what will happen. Montana's HS graduation although higher than most but lower than some states definitely needs improvement. Will Montana schools impose their own standards or simply just push kids through without the necessary skills to compete in the workplace?
    Skooter, you live up to the true liberal left mantra, take all you can get without giving. The comment is what is wrong with our federal system and the really left, take, take, take and on't give, give, give.
  3. skooter
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    skooter - July 26, 2011 12:22 pm
    The idiocy of pretending that the federal government shouldn't be involved in education matters is laughable. This is on pace with the right's war on science, and other forms of education over the years. We should be taking as much federal money as we can get to make sure Montana kids get an education, don't drop out and get the kinds of jobs that help them do the same for their families in the future. Only the right would suggest such nonsense...
  4. Guancho
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    Guancho - July 26, 2011 11:12 am
    Yeah great idea. Where do you people come up with this stuff? Why in the world would you not take federal dollars to help our children?
  5. TrustButVerify
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    TrustButVerify - July 26, 2011 9:39 am
    Regarding the quote: "Didn't your wife run for and fail to achieve (on at least two occasion) one of those administrator jobs that gets between the student and the classroom? It was a good position until she was spurned by the public?"

    I'm assuming the reference above is to the school trustee position, which Jon's wife pursued. This position, I believe, is unpaid and not what Jon Rush was referring to.

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  6. hiddenmuggle
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    hiddenmuggle - July 26, 2011 7:36 am
    Didn't your wife run for and fail to achieve (on at least two occasion) one of those administrator jobs that gets between the student and the classroom? It was a good position until she was spurned by the public?
  7. balisong
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    balisong - July 26, 2011 1:33 am
    It's not even really much money in the big picture. Sounds like most of what they would have gotten would have been spent obtaining it, so maybe a zero sum kind of thing. If the secretary of education hadn't claimed that he would provide a "plan b" for states that wanted to drop NCLB, which never materialized, then they wouldn't be in this position anyways. Arne Duncan cooked this mess.

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