In order to win the money, the states must show a plan for the money. There is an application process and it is not as easy as it sounds. States hoping to win the money go through a rigorous process. Part of that process is to ensure that the money goes to what it is intended for, helping the children of that state obtain a stellar education.

If you are like most progressive Americans, the answer is no. Maybe you’ve sent in five bucks here or there, or shared a clever Facebook post with all two thousand of your friends who have also not done a thing. The truth is, you haven’t done anything to try to move the Democratic party back to its more liberal roots. You haven’t even brought out your fiddle while your country burned. Until you have acted, I submit that you do not have the right to complain that the Democratic Party does not represent your values. If you haven’t given them a reason to listen to you, this mess is your fault.

Our problem in education is not state, federal, school or district problem. The problem is an adult and grownup problem. We must take our neighborhoods back and start being an active member of the community. Our young people are out of control. Where are the parents of these young people? They should be held accountable for the actions of their children.

Today, students are bused out of their neighborhoods for various reasons. Their is no sense of community and there is no sense of ownership. Back in the day the neighborhood looked out for everyone and especially the children. If a neighbor saw a neighbor’s child acting inappropriately, they would notify their parents.

Back in the day, even teachers children attended the same schools. Teachers were icons in the community. We saw them at the grocery stores and downtown. We need to focus more on community as we move to education reform.

I hear anti-smoking advocates are getting ready to re-introduce another total smoking ban ordinance here in Indianapolis. I also hear that because of Smoke Free Indy’s shenanigans last session a number of lawmakers are looking at drafting pre-emption language which would prohibit locals from banning smoking in tobacco shops, private clubs and cigar bars. So if something does happen this year or next year, there’s a good chance it will be short-lived.

The solutions offered are all palliative. It will not solve the problem now and the problems will still be here decades from now. These ‘education experts’ will ask administrators and teachers to go one to one with students who have problems and may not graduate. Are we really going to expect teachers and administrators to do this every year? Let’s say in a staff of 60, how many do you expect will stay after hours to do one to one with these students? And, there are hundreds of them in each school! How about the ones who are coming up to high school? And, how about all the attack against teachers’ salaries and benefits? What are they going to do, force teachers with threats?