ERIC Number: ED517368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Opportunity through Education: Two Proposals. Policy Brief Number 181
Whitehurst, Grover J.
The new normal for local, state and federal governments is fiscal austerity. Although President Obama supported education during his State of the Union address and in his budget proposal to Congress, cash-strapped localities and states--which foot most of the bill for educating America's children--may have to balance their budgets with cuts to schools and teachers. The recession exposed a long-developing structural imbalance between public expenditure versus raising the revenue for public services. Especially on education, reality has set in, with a vengeance. Cutting public expenditure is not necessarily a bad thing. There are, however, some activities that have become so fundamentally governmental and so critically important to the nation's future that they require special care during a period of severe budget trimming. Education is one such example. The Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings has recently developed proposals to ensure that federal investments in education have impact. These proposals present the dual advantage of low costs of implementation at the federal level coupled with the promise of considerable leverage at the state and local level. Two of those proposals are presented in this brief: increasing digital and virtual education and expanding consumer information on higher education.
Descriptors: Expenditures, Educational Finance, Program Proposals, Educational Opportunities, Investment, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Technology Integration, Institutional Advancement, Virtual Classrooms, Electronic Learning, Government Role
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution, Brown Center on Education Policy