The Obama administration is betting big money that education reform will be good for the economy, and that economic stimulus will be good for school reform. However, on account of the approach being taken to access funds, three sets of tensions may get in the way of the president achieving both his economic and education goals.
For the first time ever, Generation.Next, the world-famous Dale Carnegie® Course for young people, will be presented in Central Florida. Generation.Next is designed to prepare young people for the real world. It gives them the skills they need to reach their goals and live up to their potential, and will focus on five critical areas, including communication skills, leadership development and confidence building.
Friday, President Barack Obama met with a family struggling to afford the cost of college and underscored his commitment to cutting wasteful spending on federal student loans by ending taxpayer subsidies to banks. President Obama’s proposal will end the private Federal Family Education Loans program that lines the pockets of the banks who serve as middlemen while costing the American people $5 billion a year. Florida students will get more than $6.4 billion more in Pell Grants over the next 10 years.
UCF President John Hitt has indicated that, the proposed state House of Representatives budget would cut $57 million in funding and this would result in the lay off of ‘hundreds’ of workers. According to Hitt, “If this passes, we will have had more than $100 million removed from our state budget during the past two years, compelling us to fundamentally change how we manage the financial crisis.”
Students and faculty of the Joseph Littles-Nguzo Saba Charter School in West Palm Beach, may soon be evicted and the doors shut. The African-centered charter school has provided a decade of service to Palm Beach County’s disaffected youth, but State budget cuts might be too much for the school to over-come. School founder Amefika Geuka however, remains optimistic that this financial uncertainty could be weathered.
Florida pre-paid college tuition program, like 17 other states could well be in jeopardy. While its $8.8 billion tuition fund is relatively healthy, the state budget has a $6 billion gap that will require deep cuts to Florida’s 11 colleges and universities. Many of Florida’s business, political and education leaders have urged an increase of up to 15 percent in tuition, which is the second lowest in the country. Stanley Tate, founder of Florida’s prepaid tuition program says, the prepaid college tuition program will end, as monthly payments would jump substantially.
United States Vice President, Joe Biden, has pledged to make higher education more affordable so that more young people could attend college. Biden, speaking at a town hall meeting in St. Louis Friday said he would ask the Treasury Department to review family cost-savings plans to make them more effective and reliable.
A few hundred teachers, parents and some politicians are voicing their outrage over the planned school closures in Orange County. The group has said that these school closures will wipe out the gains that have been made by blacks and low-income children, as most of the schools are in the impoverished black neighborhoods in Orlando. The schools slated to be closed are, Hillcrest, Kaley, Grand Avenue, richmond Heights, Maxey and Pine Castle elementary.