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Unformatted text preview: ion is a significant foundation of our country's economic vitality, preparing individuals for the workforce is only one goal of education. Of equal importance are enabling individuals to: lead lives of dignity and purpose; construct knowledge and put it to humane ends; and participate as informed citizens in a democratic society. The Calvert-Henderson Education Indicator provides summary statistics that provide insight into whether and how well our educational systems are achieving these goals. First we look at several overall measures of the educational achievement of the US adult population and the resulting economic impact. Second we look at measures of who is being served by the existing educational system and how well. Finally we look at the investment that the US is making in our educational system and our human capital and how that compares with other countries, both in the amount being invested and the results being achieved. As can be seen in the graph below, the education level of the US population has increased dramatically in the last 60 years . In 1940, 74% of the population had less than 12 years of school, while by 2010, the percentage had reversed, with more than 87% of the adult population having completed at least 12 years of school and nearly a third of all adults having completed at least 4 years of college. 14 | P a g e States CP Aff BDL Massachusetts Spending DA – Extensions [____] [____] The budget is tight but balanced now Shannon Young, Associated Press, 2012 (Boston Globe, June 28, Mass. lawmakers approve final state budget, http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/06/28/mass_lawmakers_set_to_vote _on_final_state_budget/) "This budget makes smart investments to maintain our fiscal health and continue our economic recovery and job growth," Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, said in a statement. "It also reflects our priority to protect important funding for the essential services and programs in the Commonwealth." The spending plan includes $898 million in local aid for cities and towns, tightens restrictions on the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards by welfa re recipients, and maintains 45 beds at Taunton State Hospital, which state officials were considering closing. Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, who pushed for funding at the state hospital, said while the funding is not exactly what he hoped for, it is a "good compromise." In January, the Patrick administration announced it was closing the hospital, saying it was antiquated and not cost effective. The House and governor had suggested moving most of its patients to a new state hospital opening in Worcester. "W e faced an uphill battle after the House accepted the Governor's proposal. This budget will allow us to keep the lights on at Taunton State Hospital," Pacheco said in a statement. Additionally, the budget includes no new taxes or fees but relies on $516 million in one-time funds, including a $350 million withdrawal from the state's rainy day fund. That still leaves the state with a rainy day fund of more than $1 billion, lawmakers said. 15 | P a g e States CP Aff BDL Answers to: Federal Funding...
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