The U.S. might be out of the World Cup, but the game goes on. There's another important tournament going on, one that we must win: the tournament for education funding. Another team might be eliminated soon.
Oregon is in jeopardy of losing a half billion dollars in federal stimulus money for education. The Oregonian reports:
"Under the U.S. Department of Education's State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, Oregon received $570 million for three years ending in June 2011.
To keep that money, the state must maintain its financial support for public schools and higher education at or above 2006 levels – what government calls a sufficient 'maintenance of effort.'
The governor on Tuesday ordered 9 percent across-the-board budget cuts to adjust to a $577 million hole in the budget resulting from the recession and declining state revenue. His order shaves state support for higher education in next year's budget below 2006 levels by about $32 million."
As we move the next round of Race to the Top, will injuries like this keep states from advancing? Or will we have to wait another four years to recover?