Archive for Friday, October 21, 2011

Jobs bill could modernize Lawrence schools, education official says

October 21, 2011


Students in Heather Watgen’s fifth-grade class at Cordley School have plenty of questions for President Barack Obama:

• “How hard is it to be the president?”

• “Can you raise more money for animal shelters?”

• “What was Obama’s favorite subject in school?”

But as Alexa Posny dutifully collected the queries, with intentions to ask the president upon her return to Washington, D.C., Obama’s assistant secretary of education for special education and rehabilitative services didn’t have the answer for an unasked question that would be of particular interest to the students and others in the Lawrence school district: Will the president’s jobs bill — and its estimated $1.59 million for building upgrades in Lawrence, possibly for such schools as Cordley, 1837 Vt. — ever become law?

“That’s what we continue to work toward,” Posny said Friday afternoon, during a visit with administrators, teachers, staffers and parents at Cordley, 1837 Vt. “We absolutely believe that this is a great way not only to turn around the economy, but also help in terms of education and all the top agenda items that the president has — and education and the economy, those are now No. 1 and 2.”

The portion of the bill that would pump billions of dollars into building-modernization efforts — including $191 million in Kansas — failed to pass the U.S. Senate on Thursday, but work continues, Posny said.

“It doesn’t mean we give up.”

Posny is a former part-time professor at Kansas University who worked in the Kansas State Department of Education, including five years as a deputy commissioner and two years as the state’s education commissioner. She joined the Obama administration in October 2009.

While Posny lives in Washington, on Pennsylvania Avenue — “Southeast,” she emphasizes — she still maintains a residence in Lawrence, near Quail Run School, 1130 Inverness Drive.


KS 6 years, 8 months ago

It would be nice to be in my pockets too. And those pockets of my grandkids and their kids and their kids, etc. Need I say more? Where in the he!! is this going to stop? I guess when China runs out of money.

parrothead8 6 years, 8 months ago

So you'd rather pay fewer taxes so that more of the money goes in your pocket so that you can...what? Spend it? On what? Will you fund the schools, or will you buy more crap that's made in China to fill up your home?

If education gets funded, your kids and grandkids have a better shot at winding up with a decent amount of money in their pockets than if you spend it on some random possession.

Kookamooka 6 years, 8 months ago

Sadly, Gov. Brownback will likely reject any federal assistance claiming that there will be "strings" attached to the funding. Brownback is a thug.

Sunny Parker 6 years, 8 months ago

Federal Assistant? Don't you mean to say 'My tax dollars'?

NOTcrusher 6 years, 8 months ago

Why should the money I pay to the IRS go to Lawrence teachers? Let states decide on their own what they are going to do about education. The federal burro-crazy doesn't know what's best for Kansas.

I want the money I pay to the U.S. gummint to go to national things, like national defense and such.

This is just pork. Plain and simple pork.

Stop the insanity!


novalissuperstar 6 years, 8 months ago

just because we spend more money on education doesn't mean our kids are getting any smarter. we've been spending billions more on education throughout the country for many years. are we a smarter society for it? look around you, the answer is clearly negative. there are better solutions to our cultural stupidity than spending more money and resources. we are educating at high speeds in first gear, wasting fuel and burning up the engine in the process. we don't have long until we're stranded alongside the highway.

parrothead8 6 years, 8 months ago

We haven't been spending more money on education. We've been spending more money on educational administration. If you cut the fat and get the money in the classrooms, I guarantee the teachers will make it count.

KS 6 years, 8 months ago

We already pay property taxes to support the schools. Why is the Federal Government involved with this anyway? Why should tax payers from New Mexico pay for Kansas schools and vice versa? Keep the Feds out of this. I would send my grandkids to private schools anyway. How much money have we sent to public education over the years and what do we get? A bunch of Lawrence liberals!

lorabass 6 years, 8 months ago

Although past recessions have been easier on college grads than high school grads, the needs of a "21st century economy" have magnified the stark difference between education level and joblessness that is why we need degree from "High Speed Universities"

Centerville 6 years, 8 months ago

This is an Obama administration shill, and our un-intrepid LJW reporters are regurgitating her hilarious talking points as if they are facts. Not even a whisper of skepticism.

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