To the Editor:
This is the time when students, teachers and even parents were looking forward to graduation and the end of the school year. I appreciate that The Oak Ridger keeps us informed about the School Board’s plans and budget priorities with local, state and federal funding for the next school year. Education is a good investment of our tax dollars.
The Global Partnership for Education helps lower-income countries create and implement their own education plans. Donor funds and creative financing supplement the major portion of funding coming locally from the recipient country. The country plan coordinates efforts and GPE’s economy of scale helps drive down overall costs while putting millions more kids in school and learning.
The GPE’s pledging conference in July hopes to garner global support in order to put more kids in school with more professionally trained teachers with a goal of enabling 175 million girls and boys to learn. In the long run, this will save lives, lift millions out of poverty, improve economies and will reap more sustainable, peaceful and resilient societies. A U.S. investment of $1 billion over five years would be an excellent priority of our tax dollars.