Skip to comments.Dems thank teachers unions with 'stimulus' money
Posted on 02/18/2009 10:10:29 AM PST by Jim Robinson
The managing editor of Budget & Tax News says no money for education should have been included in the recently signed economic "stimulus" bill.
In a recent press conference, Education Secretary Arne Duncan warned that if the economic stimulus bill did not pass, up to 600,000 education workers could lose their jobs as states face enormous budget shortfalls. But Steve Stanek of The Heartland Institute argues that the bill should not have included the allotted $87 billion for education.
Stanek argues that the stimulus basically amounts to a payoff for teachers and teachers unions who supported Obama.
"The teachers unions are extremely powerful at the local and state levels -- and certainly at the federal level," Stanek acknowledges. "You can look at the money that [the Democratic Party] receives from the teachers unions and it's enormous! And they are not fans of meaningful reform in education."
According to an Associated Press report, $39 billion is going towards K-12 and higher education, $8 billion is to be used in upgrading existing schools, $4 billion will be used for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and $25 billion will be used to bolster No Child Left Behind. Stanek has little positive to say about George W. Bush's signature education program.
"I did not like No Child Left Behind. I think it's a huge intrusion of the federal government into what ought to be local and state issues," he shares. "It's a way for the federal government to simply grab more power, and I think another $25 billion is just $25 billion more power the federal government is going to have over public school education."
Stanek contends that lawmakers in Washington, DC, used the economic downturn as an excuse to throw more money at education...
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shocked !! shocked i tell you !!
The Teachers Union, The Grift that keeps on Grifting.
Thanks stupids who voted for the Dims!
Gee, maybe if that POS administrator at USF who took part in stealing a bike had more than his 384K total pay package, he would not have gotten involved in the theft.
IOW, they are not progressives but conservatives on that issue.
Quid pro quo?
Some of this bill is going to end up in courts, I bet you!
Is anyone really surprised by this? THe NEA was one of the biggest of That One’s union support groups.
Communists teaching anti-Capitalist Communism while pilfering from the public trough in very Capitalistic ways.
The brainwashed children know about Malcolm X, Barack Hussein Obama, Allah, condoms, global warming and gay rights...and we wonder why the jails are full and test scores keep falling?
Liberalism is the acceptance of defeat and making you think so too.