According to the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), Federal education funds that are dispersed to every state and their communities account for less than 6 percent of the total federal budget. This support reaches nearly 1 million Hoosier students, and millions of students nationwide, a number that is only expected to rise.
Each of these students will surely face growing challenges as industries evolve and the jobs that they provide change. Employers will need more high-skilled workers and we will have to do all we can to maintain a modern education system In order to adapt. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, by 2018, an estimated 63 percent of all new U.S. jobs will require workers with an education beyond high school.
Specifically, as our economy becomes more focused on technology-based products and services, our schools will need the support necessary to further emphasize training in science, technology, engineering and math. Students in many other nations are continuing their high achievement in these areas and it is critical to help our scholars do the same.
Americans can be proud of the challenges our nation has taken on to produce a thriving society. One of the cornerstones we have built is education, and now we must maintain it. To preserve our nation’s success in and further our development we must restore funding for our education programs.
Frank A. Bush is executive director of the Indiana School Board Association.