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Friday, January 15, 2010

Ed bill passes


It doesn't do much for real change but it is a slim amount better. A very slim amount. That is my criteria for support. I voted for it. The federal money was never a factor for me.

1 comment:

  1. McCluskey, who is associate director of
    the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational
    Freedom, is no fan of Race to the Top, for
    good reason. As he noted of this supposed
    incentive, “The money is a one-shot deal
    — once paper promises are accepted and
    the money delivered, it’s over.” He went on:
    Mostly this plan, while not requiring
    any real reform, pushes an unprecedented
    centralization of education
    power. It calls for state data systems to
    track students from pre-kindergarten
    to college graduation. It calls for states
    to sign onto “common” — meaning
    federal — standards. It tries to dictate
    state budgets. In other words, it does
    exactly what’s been wrong with American
    education for decades: centralize
    power in the hands of ever more distant,
    unaccountable bureaucrats rather
    than leaving it with the communities,
    and especially parents, the schools are
    supposed to serve.
    There is little that is new about this “race”
    being pushed by the Department of Education
    and White House except the number
    of tax dollars that will be scattered from
    Washington. The spendthrift politicians
    and all-too-amenable federal bureaucrats
    are just trying to keep the greenbacks flowing
    effortlessly into the pockets of their
    allies while they disguise the truth: True
    education is not received, it is achieved.


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