WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Falls Church H.S. Students Show Off Budget Knowledge

Play associated audio
Falls Church H.S. AP Government students listen as federal, state and local education officials give a lesson on education funding.
Jonathan Wilson
Falls Church H.S. AP Government students listen as federal, state and local education officials give a lesson on education funding.

By Jonathan Wilson

Some educators are using President Obama's budget proposal as a way to discuss finances with students. On Tuesday, a lesson at Falls Church High School in Virginia showed budget issues aren't as foreign to students as you might expect.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Virginia's new Education Chief, Gerard Robinson, led a class of seniors at Falls Church, and if they were hoping for an engaged audience for their lecture on education funding, they got their wish.

One student even brought up the complicated issue of Virginia's education funding formula, known as the Local Composite Index.

"Is Governor McDonnell going to reinstate the Local Composite Index?" the student asked.

A soft clapping came from Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Jack Dale; he and other local leaders are imploring the Governor to reverse a freeze on the index. It would mean 60 million extra dollars for Fairfax schools alone.

But some students in the class seemed more focused on funding for higher education than on the budget woes of the district they'll soon leave behind. Tony Schaffner says all the worry over the local budget is a distraction.

"I'm mean I'm aware of it, but my eyes are set forward. I'm looking to graduate. It's get out of here while I still can," says Schaffner.

For graduating seniors like Schaffner tough economic times have made financial assistance for college more important than ever.

One student guessed there was a total of $2 billion available to college students looking for help, the class seemed pleasantly surprised when Duncan said the total is closer to $170 billion.

WAMU 88.5

Is D.C. The Butt Of The Joke Or A Comedy Powerhouse?

Humor isn't often the subject of scientific inquiry, but the results of a new "humor algorithm" devised by the University of Colorado ranks D.C. among the funniest cities in the country.


Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia ... With No Yeast

Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That's the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn't have yeast on hand.

Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.

Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.