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Chart of the Day Federal Ed Spending
The Cato Institute ^

Posted on 10/04/2009 4:12:44 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

The debate over No Child Left Behind re-authorization is upon us.

Except it isn’t.

In his recent speech kicking off the discussion, education secretary Arne Duncan asked not whether the central federal education law should be reauthorized, he merely asked how.

Let’s step back a bit, and examine why we should end federal intervention in (and spending on) our nation’s schools… in one thousand words or less:


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhoeducation; cato; education; educationfunding; nclb; spending
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1 posted on 10/04/2009 4:12:44 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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2 posted on 10/04/2009 4:13:15 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

Every liberal I know has been whining about how awful the No Child Left Behind program is—presumably because it was supported by President Bush. Never mind that Kennedy supported it too, they all said they hated it.

So, it will be interesting to see what excuse they find to renew and enlarge it.

The best thing would be to abolish the Department of Education. The Feds how no business messing with our schools, which is mostly their excuse to build up the federal bureaucracy.


3 posted on 10/04/2009 4:20:54 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

It looks to me as though money isn’t the problem.


4 posted on 10/04/2009 4:25:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I don't remember Americans being called "racists" when we fought against Hillarycare.)
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To: Cicero

It is not in the constitution therefore it is unconstitutional!


5 posted on 10/04/2009 4:30:07 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (The tree of liberty..........)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

We could do what everyone else does, weed out the slackers.

Does anyone have an idea what theoretical improvement should be?


6 posted on 10/04/2009 4:32:25 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (ZerOcare: Bureaucratic best practices equals death panels.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I saw a woman on TV who was a neighbor or friend of the family whose son was beaten to death in Chicago and her comment regarding all the violence in their community was that they need more money.

Err....I think the kids need fathers....good ones who set goals and rules and see that they’re adhered to.


7 posted on 10/04/2009 4:38:48 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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I agree. That’s why everything keeps getting worse. People think that more money is always the answer.


8 posted on 10/04/2009 4:42:04 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I don't remember Americans being called "racists" when we fought against Hillarycare.)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

1) Fathers must raise their children.

2) Parents must pay directly for their children’s education.

Absent those two changes, money is just being thrown down a rat hole.

We have a single payer education system, and it’s worse than the health care system; fear not the liberals will give you a single payer health care system too.


9 posted on 10/04/2009 5:04:56 PM PDT by ALPAPilot
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Education is another facet of life over which the Feds have NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY. Stop the insanity. Return the government to its Constitutional boundaries...while we still have a nation to save.


10 posted on 10/04/2009 5:36:02 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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I suspect the stunning flat line in test score improvement is not a negative because they’ve monkeyed around with the tests.


11 posted on 10/04/2009 6:56:40 PM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
The only problem with this graphic is that it shows zero net change in student achievement based on test scores....without normalization of the test scores to take into account the dumbing-down of the tests themselves since the 70's.

Therefore, it understates the orders-of-magnitude increased level of stupidity in the government's children.

Another result (actually an "intended" consequence) is that, for the past decade and a half, we have had absolute morons teaching in the government schools generating more absolute morons.

This has been the well-documented, marvelously executed, and eminently successful strategy developed in the late 1800's as the principal means by which the U.S. can be turned into a Marxist society.

12 posted on 10/04/2009 9:43:32 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: ronnie raygun
It is not in the constitution therefore it is unconstitutional!

That's right! I think our fellow conservatives have lost touch with this idea. EVEN IF THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT AND FEDERAL EDUCATION MONEY WAS WORKING, IT STILL WOULDN'T MAKE IT CONSTITUTIONAL! And, in our nation - thank God - if it's not constitutional, it is wrong.

13 posted on 10/18/2009 1:30:55 PM PDT by Engineer_Soldier (Rubio for Senate! Charlie Crist is another John McCain.)
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