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New Mexico Independent » NEA estimates McCain pricetag

If John McCain’s April policy address on the economy is any indication, educators won’t feel much like celebrating next year if he’s elected.
Check out the ClearlyNewMexico.com post regarding McCain’s comments about exercising “spending restraint” when it comes to education and other issues while also vowing to pour more money into the Iraq war. 
A National Education Association analysis shows that McCain’s idea for cutting spending means more than $35 billion in education cuts for the 2010 fiscal year. Broken down by state that means New Mexico loses out on $275 million that could be spent on education. For example, McCain’s plan would have the following impacts on education funding authorized for New Mexico:
Pell Grants – MINUS $34,300,000 (college students affected – 8,833)
Head Start – MINUS $7,627,232 (low income children affected – 1,010)
Special Ed Grants – MINUS $100,007,813 (children with disabilities affected – 25,350)
Grants to Local Educational Agencies – MINUS $87,697,095
There’s more to think about in education besides funding. The big three presidential candidates also differ on the No Child Left Behind law according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.
And after you get your politics straight when it comes to education, you might just want to send a thank-you note to that special teacher in your life. You can go to www.nea.org and sign the nation’s largest thank-you card to teachers. Also read posts by celebrities revealing their favorite teachers.
Here’s mine: Mr. Walker, sixth-grade language arts teacher at Ernie Pyle Middle School years. He gave me an “A” on a creative writing story about a martian named “Muckey” and read it aloud in class. Then he smiled, walked over to me, handed me the paper and tapped me on the shoulder in approval. Thanks, Mr. Walker, for making an awkward, chubby sixth-grader believe in herself for one brief moment in time.