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Thursday, January 15, 2009

A bailout for public education

Synopsis of the conversation to date:


Update: It turns out that $120 billion was a lowball number; the actual number going to public education is $142 billion over two years.


  • Truthfully -- two things. First the money is not needed or deserved until the entire public education system is revamped, the waste and deadwood are eliminated. Then and only then should their be any consideration of additional money coming into public education. Oh, yeah, abolished the federal department of education too. Reagan was suppose to do this.

    Second, if there is an undeserved "bailout" for Pre-K-12 education" the money will never get where it truly belongs -- in the classroom upgrading resources and teachers.

    Just my two cents worth --

    Just read where the US spends the highest or second highest amount on K-12 education in the world. Our results are where? Near the bottom of the countries measured. Geez....

    By Blogger din819go, at 6:33 AM  

  • I've been meaning to write a post on the Annenberg Challenge and how it's reminiscent of this. I don't see anything in the language that indicates the money will be spent differently than in the past (at least not without lots of loopholes around those suggestions), so the tide will rise for a while then fall hard again. Just like with Annenberg.

    One other thing that bothers me - how does this constitute "stimulus", which was the intent of the bill? I'm no economist, but I don't see how this accomplishes the stated goals of this emergency spending.

    And one final point - what's to stop the states, which are hurting financially, to simply reduce what they send to the schools by $142 billion so they can spend their limited dollars elsewhere?


    By Blogger Brett Pawlowski, at 10:22 PM  

  • Since money is linked to influence, my question is whether K12 bailout money makes public education more powerful and more resistant to any kind of reform.

    By Blogger Catherine Johnson, at 8:13 AM  

  • Hey, Catherine - good to see you. Given what's happening, and what's about to happen, with public education funding, this money won't be sufficient to maintain the status quo entirely. I think we're in for some hard times overall, and in public education funding in particular, and it's nothing that we'll just recover from - I think the days of business as usual are gone. The question remains, of course, what we'll find in their place.

    By Blogger Brett Pawlowski, at 10:14 PM  

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