While it may not always seem like it, politics impacts education in very real ways. Education is a topic all parties agree should be a priority, although there are significant differences of opinion. Politics affects education on many fronts.
Local, state, and federal lawmakers impose various regulations that affect the education sector. For example, they determine how teachers are to be certified and what requirements may be in any given curriculum. Regulations also provide protections for students with disabilities so they can learn fairly alongside their peers. Governments can choose to regulate or deregulate private schools that may not fall under the purview of the state and therefore allow them to make some of their own rules. Most education policy is decided on the state and local level – the federal ability to regulate is limited.
Politics and political officials impact education when they determine how much funding schools get in annual budgets. This directly impacts the quality of education students receive. This happens in a number of ways. The first is that schools need money to pay competitive salaries to teachers. Underpaying teachers results in either teacher switching professions or an inability to hold onto good teachers. It can also lead to the laying off of teachers and staff, forcing remaining employees to cover more work. Also, school funding provides for supplies students use and the up-keep of the facilities in which they learn.
Education Officials Are Elected
School boards across the country are directly elected by the people. The individuals on these boards then go on to make significant decisions about how local schools are run, making the process innately political. On the state and national level, education departments influence school policy, funding, and a whole slew of other details that ultimately affect education. Most candidates for general positions, such as governorships, still run on education platforms because they do exert significant influence over education while in office. They also have positions in education because the majority of people support high academic standards.
Politics innately affects education. This can be through financial means or directly through policy. It is important for the general public to understand and be involved in the politics of education. Even individuals who do not have children are still affected by how well youth succeed in education programs.
About The Author
Yuri Vanetik is a Political Coalition Builder, Private Investor, Philanthropist, and Entrepreneur that has become known as an expert in business and policy. In addition to working as the leader of Vanetik International, LLC, a corporate management consulting firm, for nearly 25 years of experience, Vanetik has also worked on several political campaigns. In addition to his political work in California, he was also in the state finance leadership for Late Senator McCain’s Kitchen Presidential Campaign. Yuri Vanetik has been featured in a variety of notable publications, including the Wall Street Journal, California Business Journal, Bloomberg Law, and Forbes.