Education issues were noticeably on the back-burner during the presidential campaign, as the candidates sparred over the economic crisis and the war in Iraq. A burst of publicity followed Duncan’s nomination as Education Secretary, yet education issues again are in danger of falling through the crack like a disengaged high school student cutting class in an under-achieving high school. A few organizations are focused on public engagement around education, including Education Voters and Public Education Network. Visit their sites - even bookmark them! They urge voters to lobby for schools and higher ed to be spared the budget ax in these tough times. To write to your elected officials, click here.
In a 2004 Public Education Network poll, 59 percent of respondents said that they would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve public education. I wonder what that number would be if the poll were conducted today.