Warner in the Education Spotlight

Governor Warner was on NPR’s All Things Considered this afternoon, talking about education, the issue he is leading as Chairman of the National Governors’ Association.

He emphasized “career and technical education” for non-college bound students and insisted that the Governors were looking for real solutions: “We don’t need another study that sits on the shelf.”

Commonwealth Commonsense had the statistics on high school outcomes a few days ago. Gov. Warner and his cohorts don’t just need to set up “career and technical education” programs; they need to convince parents that these programs are viable options to college.

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  1. Phil Rodokanakis Avatar
    Phil Rodokanakis

    Will, do you think that the stats he’s posted on high school outcomes are reliable? He sites no sources, so it’s hard to know.

    And given his other liberal biases and ramblings, I can’t help but question his sources.

    The idea that Jim Dillard will be missed had me LOL. He’ll be missed alright, by the special interests and the teacher’s unions that only care about increased education spending and want no part of accountability.

  2. Barnie Day Avatar

    Phil, you should appologize. You have no clue how much Jim Dillard has meant to the education of Virginia’s children over the years. He, literally, is irreplaceable.

  3. Phil Rodokanakis Avatar
    Phil Rodokanakis

    Barnie: We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Dillard is nothing short of an unadulterated and committed tax-and-spend liberal masquerading as a Republican. For more on this please see “
    Taxpayers Nemesis

  4. Will Vehrs Avatar

    Phil, there’s more on the data here: http://www.achieve.org/ I thought the colllege graduation number was low; it turns out that 27 stay for their 2nd year while, of those, 18 graduate “on time.”

    The data has an interesting disclaimer: “Data are estimates of pipeline progress rather than actual cohort.”

    Perhaps I shouldn’t wander into this unexpected debate over Del. Dillard, but there are two equally well-meaning approaches to education. One tries to get more money into the system; the other tries to squeeze more value out of the money that goes into the system.

    To make a long story short, human nature and bureaucracy being what they are, each approach has flaws. I applaud those on either side of this divide who take a leadership position and make their case. While I’m more in tune with the “value” folks, I respect the Dillard “more money” wing.

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