My previous post about the US Secretary of Education pushing California to raise taxes gave me an idea.
When the private sector faces economically tough times, they really work on efficiency of operations. I wondered if terms like “efficiency” and “efficient” were showing up in recent news releases from Washington and Frankfort educators.
I started by looking at the “latest” US Department of Education news releases. This included releases from May 22, 2009 back to May 12, 2009. I scanned each of the 10 recent releases for the terms “efficiency” and “efficient.” Neither term is mentioned even once.
In contrast, several of the most recent “Current News Releases” from the Kentucky Department of Education discuss some efficiency issues.
News Release 09-028 discusses improving energy efficiency in our school buildings.
News Release 09-032 discusses an innovative education technology initiative in history instruction.
Could it be that thanks to local groups like the Bluegrass Institute pushing the idea of efficiency rather than more taxes, Kentucky’s educators are getting the message?
However, so far, Washington isn’t listening as well.