You always love to see good news like this on CNN, since this funding really results in a win-win-win situation. It’s a win for students, a win for parents, and a win for teachers.
The sad reality, though, is that even this amount of funding is probably too little. Take into account certain statistics regarding science and math proficiency levels, such as the fact that the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that 29% of students in grades four and eight are scoring at the proficient level or better in science. Even worse, only 18% of twelfth graders were scoring proficient or better in science.
We’re doing what we can at CK Tutors by offering affordable tutoring, but the truth is that it’s going to take millions more from Congress, millions from private donors and corporations, and a lot of collective perseverance to turn our country’s science and math proficiency levels around. However, this is a great step in the right direction.
Oh and check out this article about the second music teacher to receive the National Teacher of the Year award in 57 years.