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  • Yet Another Pre-School Program?

    03/29/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    When some people hear that the president has proposed a new federally funded pre-school program, they might think, “Great idea. It’s about time!” But they’d say this, surely, because they’re unaware that Washington is already running pre-school programs. Not just one or two, in fact, but 45 early learning and child-care initiatives. And no fewer than 12 of them are explicitly designed to provide early childhood education. The rest, however, also allow funds to be used for that purpose. So if the federal government is already bankrolling -- excuse me, if you and I and other taxpayers are already bankrolling...
  • The Gun Grabbers Try to Grope Our Kids Too

    09/30/2013 4:12:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2013 | John Ransom
    In six weeks there will be a little-followed election that could help determine the path for education reform in the United States for a long time to come. At issue is whether a local school board has the authority to tell the government employee union—you know, the forces of darkness that are preventing commonsense education reform in our schools? -- to take a hike. In July 2012, that’s exactly what Douglas County, Colorado school board decided. After months of negotiations the school board reached an impasse with the union as their contract expired. Previously the union has demanded that the...
  • Why Democrats Love Failing Schools: Because Unions Pay Them To

    08/27/2013 6:58:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    It is now official. For all their talk about education’s failings, and all their feigned interest in bettering the educational system, liberals once again have proven that they hate giving the disadvantaged the same opportunities as the privileged. According to Fox News, the Justice Department is trying to stop a school vouchers program in Louisiana that attempts to place children in independent schools instead of under-performing public schools. So, apparently it’s all about “the kids”. . . Unless Teacher’s Unions are set to lose a dollar. Louisiana is one of a few states that have implemented a very limited voucher...
  • Common Core Teachers Taught to Praise Wrong Answers Like ’3 x 4 was 11’

    08/19/2013 4:45:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Apparently, under the new Common-Core standards, correct answers don’t really matter. At least that’s according to a “curriculum coordinator” in Chicago named Amanda August. “Even if [a student] said, ’3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in, umm, words and oral explanation, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focused on the how,” said the common core supporter and typical liberal, Amanda. Off course this reasoning explains quite a bit regarding our nation’s...
  • House Passes "SOAR Act"

    03/30/2011 7:09:18 PM PDT · by Farcrier · 4 replies
    The Orator Network ^ | March 30, 2011 | Steve Stakem
    The U.S. House passed Speaker John Boehner's bill to restore and expand a D.C. school vouchers program geared for low-income students. Public schools in the District of Columbia continuously rank among the nation's worst ...
  • Rounding Up Usual Suspects

    07/27/2010 7:42:35 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 27, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In the cinematic classic Casablanca, corrupt police chief Louis Renault deflects official attention away from a troublesome crime scene by instructing his minions to “round up the usual suspects.” The Education Establishment appears to be engaged in a similar exercise when it tries to explain dropout rates and other such problematic measurements. In fact, they had such a confab on July 22, 2010. After reporting a 73.4 percent high school graduation rate and an 8 percent dropout rate in public secondary schools (which does not compute), the College Board goes on to warn of a shortage of counselors and a...
  • Best And Worst School Districts For The Buck

    07/06/2007 10:52:51 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 1,100+ views
    Forbes ^ | 7/5/2007 | Christina Settimi
    More spending doesn’t necessarily buy you better schools. With property taxes rising across the country, we took a look at per-pupil spending in public schools and weighed it against student performance--college entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT, depending on which is more common in the state), exam participation rates and graduation rates. Winners in this rating system are counties whose schools deliver high performance at low cost. The losers spend a lot of money and have little to show for it. Marin County, Calif., provides the best bang for the buck. In 2004 Marin spent an average of $9,356 ($6,579...
  • Data obtained by AP show states return millions to feds instead of spending it on schools

    01/09/2004 6:22:29 PM PST · by Holly_P · 9 replies · 499+ views
    Savannah News ^ | 01/09/04 | Nancy Zuckerbrod
    WASHINGTON — While state officials nationwide say they need more money to educate children, newly released figures show states are returning millions to the federal Treasury rather than spending it in the hinterlands. Last year, states returned $124 million to Washington that was to have gone toward large education programs such as special education and aid to poor children, according to Education Department data obtained by The Associated Press. The states had more than three years to tap into the money before it reverted to the federal government on Sept. 30, 2003, said C. Todd Jones, a budget official in...
  • Learning and Spending (Education Crisis is not Money)

    12/15/2003 8:35:48 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 15 replies · 182+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated December 15, 2003 | Editorial Staff
    <p>The latest evidence of a weak connection between education spending and academic achievement comes courtesy of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. A report released last week found that rural states in the West and Midwest tend to have the highest rates of high school graduation. So here's a pop quiz: Guess where most of those same states rank in per-pupil spending?</p>
  • Study Shows Rich Schools Get More Aid

    11/10/2003 11:41:42 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 8 replies · 149+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | November 10, 2003 | 1010 WINS
    (NEW YORK) A new analysis shows wealthy colleges get more federal financial aid than schools with more poor students. The New York Times study shows that private universities such as Brown, Dartmouth and Stanford received funding ranging from about 169 to 211 dollars for every student who applied for financial aid. The median equivalent amount for most of the nation's colleges was 14 dollars. Almost 200 colleges were given less than 3 dollars per applicant. The City University of New York had the most financial aid applicants in the nation the same year, but got just four cents for each...
  • Cash-strapped schools going to four-day week

    11/08/2003 2:51:31 PM PST · by steppenwolffe · 16 replies · 543+ views
    cnn ^ | 11-8-03
    <p>DIXON, Kentucky (AP) -- Webster County High senior Zach Cato spends his Mondays mowing lawns and watching football game films. He is not cutting class -- he is taking advantage of his school district's move to a four-day week.</p> <p>"The only ones who are complaining are the ones who don't want to be here at all," the 17-year-old Cato says.</p>
  • Major changes needed in education systems

    11/05/2003 4:37:18 PM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies · 140+ views
    thecountrytoday ^ | 11-5-03 | Scott Schultz
    Schools always have seemed to be the center of every rural community. They provide an identity to a community; people even 10 or more miles outside of a city's or village's boundaries most often associate themselves with being "from" the school district that covers their rural world. Unfortunately, schools over the years also have become the most expensive service for which rural taxpayers have been asked to pay. There have been moves to ease the property burden on those rural taxpayers, but in the end the moves have been little more than shifts from one tax to another. Even use-value...
  • Taxation U. The real college-cost story has been ignored.

    11/04/2003 9:21:17 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 9 replies · 151+ views
    NRO ^ | November 04, 2003, 8:25 a.m. | — Neal McCluskey
    Amidst all the woeful tales of college students over-burdened with tuition and college loans, the real college-cost story — that it's taxpayers who are truly suffering — has been ignored. Here's reality. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, more than half of public university revenue — $79 billion — was extracted directly from federal, state, and local taxpayers, while only 18.5 percent came from student fees and tuition. The bill for private schools was smaller, but still mammoth: 16.4 percent of private college revenue — $12 billion — came directly from taxpayers, with tuition and fees providing 43...
  • It's Not About the Money--If spending more made better schools all DC kids would go to Harvard.

    10/30/2003 4:24:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 302+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | October 30, 2003 | ROD PAIGE
    <p>A new semantic game is being played out in the corridors of the Capitol -- one that has been echoed in media outlets across America, thanks to a campaign by special interests and their allies in the Democratic Party. Typical of Washington's Beltwayspeak, a cry has gone up, saying that the No Child Left Behind education reform bill is "underfunded." Nothing could be further from the truth. President Bush has increased K-12 education spending by 40% since he took office. That's more in two years than it increased during the eight previous years under President Clinton. In raw terms, this president has increased education spending by $11 billion. As a nation, we now spend $470 billion dollars a year on K-12 education locally and federally -- more than on national defense.</p>
  • Despite Ever-Increasing Spending More Children Are Being Left Behind

    10/21/2003 9:21:02 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 3 replies · 109+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Oct 21, 2003 | Phyllis Schlafly
    A gaudy sign reading "No Child Left Behind," the education slogan of the Bush Administration, guards the entrance to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The more-than-a-thousand-page NCLB education law, enacted at the beginning of last year with bipartisan flourish, combined a big increase in spending to please the Democrats with conservative buzzwords to please Republicans such as "standards," "tests," and "accountability."If no child is to be left behind, why are so many students flunking and being left behind in failing schools? Why are schools in an uproar all over the country, with complaints coming from parents, teachers...
  • Money can't buy the best ed system

    09/21/2003 7:28:25 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 6 replies · 130+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 9/21/03 | Editorial
    There was disturbing new evidence released last week that when it comes to education, throwing money at the system just isn't working. A study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that although the United States spends more money on education than all other major industrialized nations, the math and reading test scores of our students simply don't measure up. ``There are countries which don't get the bang for the bucks, and the U.S. is one of them,'' said Barry McGaw, education director for the organization. It's not exactly stop-the-presses kind of news. But still, there are politicians...
  • Pennsylvania & Per Pupil Spending

    12/02/2002 7:19:55 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 16 replies · 608+ views
    email ^ | 11/30/02 | Craig J. Cantoni
    Pennsylvania offers a lesson in what happens when taxpayers cave in to teacher unions and raise pay and school spending to astronomical levels. It is a lesson that is seldom told in the mainstream press. (My sister-in-law is a 28-year public school teacher in Pennsylvania.) The statistics pasted below were published by the Press-Enterprise newsletter and come from testimony by the Commonwealth Foundation before a Pennsylvania Senate committee on property tax reform. - In 1980, Pennsylvania spent $4,500 per student in inflation-adjusted dollars, or $8.72 billion in total on public education. It now spends $8,300 per student, or $15 billion...
  • EDUCATION SPENDING: Ratio of per-pupil spending in 1959, compared to 1999, adjusted for inflation

    04/23/2002 7:09:14 PM PDT · by the · 12 replies · 600+ views
    The Volokh Brothers (UCLA Con-Law Professor's Blog) ^ | Tuesday, April 23, 2002 | Eugene Volokh
    EDUCATION SPENDING: Friday over lunch the question of education spending came up again; and I was reminded of an interesting statistical question -- what is the ratio, adjusted for inflation, of per-pupil spending in, say, 1959-60, compared to 1999-2000?      Whenever I ask this, someone nearly always says "Oh, spending back then was much greater than it is now" (again, adjusting for inflation). Well, if you go to the 2001 Digest of Education Statistics, table 167, you see the answer: Per pupil spending, in 2000-01 dollars, was $2235 in 1959-60, and $7591 in 1999-2000. Spending has risen by a factor of...