Today's question: What do you think of Obama's education proposal?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 1:11 p.m. CDT; updated 4:53 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 10, 2009

When the Missouri Assessment Program test results came out last August, only three of Columbia's 28 schools met their progress goals.

Across Columbia Public Schools, math and communication arts scores fell.

Eight area schools had 20 percent or more of their students score below basic in communication arts. Some parents chose to have their children transfer out of these schools.

Columbia's education problems are indicative of widespread problems with the education system nationally.

Tuesday, President Obama outlined a five-step plan for a complete overhaul of the education system.

"We have let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short and other nations outpace us," Obama said in an address to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, according to a report by CNN. "The time for finger-pointing is over. The time for holding ourselves accountable is here."

Obama's plan starts with increased investment in early childhood education. The $787 billion stimulus package contains $5 billion for Head Start, a program benefiting low-income families.

The second point of Obama's proposal is to stiffen testing standards. He said that states must stop lowering standards to meet low performance.

His plan also includes provisions for increased funding for teacher training and recruitment, support for charter schools and increased access to scholarships for higher education.

Amidst economic turmoil, do you support Obama's education plan and the spending that comes with it?

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Ayn Rand March 11, 2009 | 8:02 a.m.

How does he plan to hold apathetic parents and students accountable? For them, there had better be sticks instead of just carrots, such as losing all lifetime access to public assistance when dropping out of high school.

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Dan Giacomini March 11, 2009 | 1:46 p.m.

If you support these core initiatives:

• Effective, empowered teachers and school leaders;
• Student assessments that stress 21st century skills;
• Universal access to high-quality early education;
• A safe, healthy learning environment; and
• Affordable college for all students;

Then let President Obama know! Visit EDVOTERS.ORG and sign the petition today!

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Ayn Rand March 12, 2009 | 6:29 a.m.

His opinion of public schools must be awfully low if he won't send his own kids there.

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