Any education system encompasses four main aspects, which include the following: who will be educated? What institution will control education? Who will provide the financial support? In addition, why do certain groups get a different quality of education? When these four fundamental aspects of education are fully addressed then the whole process of education can now be enhanced. This paper seeks to shed light on some of efforts that the federal state and local agencies have made to control the education standards.
However, it will be limited on one area of these efforts that seems to be drawing controversy among the three financiers of education (local, state and federal government). For instance, the issue of school–voucher system as voted on first by Californians during the 1993 November elections is one the measures taken to control education standards in the U. S. this system of funding education is worthwhile and therefore need to be supported fully. This paper therefore will dwell on this approach by bringing out its strengths and limitations to the parents and the school-going children.
Few selected cases will also be analyzed and a sound conclusion made on how to improve on some of its shortcomings. Analysis The school voucher system provides for a choice on which their children attend, in addition the parents get $2500 on its public school children (American education: the American Revolution). This proposal g9ives the parents the mandate to send their children to any public or private secondary school regardless of their level of income.
The local, state and federal agencies have a duty to fully supplement each other in the overall funding of the education system. The U. S population is comprised of both low and high income earners an therefore it brings a lot of sense when all the parents have an equal footing in terms of making choices on which schools to take their children to. According to No Child left behind Act under the Bush government there is need to develop and strengthen a system that will offer all school going children equal opportunities to attend schools of their choice (no child left behind act).
This approach will not only put the federal government on its toes in terms of financial support to the education process but it will also help bring back the lost confidence by the citizens in its ability to come up with legislative measures that reflects the interests of local folks. This approach therefore needs to be legally made a reality in order to avoid court battles like those witnessed in Cleveland and Florida. Further, this system will make use of privately owned schools whose performance is better when compared to public schools.
Again this approach will help to strengthen the U. S. highly decentralized system of education, as every state is given a mandate to come up with its own legislation concerning the distribution of funds under the voucher approach (federal role in education). Application The support of the school voucher system is because of its practically proven merits to the entire education process. The financial aid given to the less able parents allows them to send their children to the very best performing schools.
According to a 1999, a former U. S secretary of education federal government has increased its spending on public schools and as a result, remarkable out comes has been registered. Again, remarkable outcomes have come out in the area of facilitating education to individuals with disabilities, through the passing of the IDEA Act. This has forced public schools to develop opportunities to accommodate special needs children (IDEA recourses).
The school-voucher system if developed and implemented fully, it will go a step further into ironing out differences in offering of education opportunities to all school-going students. References: American education: American Revolution, pages 123 – 128. Federal roe in education, available at; http://www. ed. gov/about/overview/fedrole. html? src=in, accessed on October 11, 2008 No child left behind act, available at; http://www. ed. gov/nclb/overview/intro/execsumm. html, accessed on October 11, 2008 IDEA, available at; http://www. ed. gov/policy/speced/guid/idea2004. html, accessed on October 11, 2008