Wednesday, September 15, 2010

School districts cutting budgets? Really?

In the world of public school education it seems like no matter what the problem, the Teacher's unions and education establishment would have you believe that the answer as always, always more and more of your money. In an excellent article on Townhall this morning, John Stossel writes:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently claimed:
"Districts around the country have literally been cutting for five, six, seven years in a row. And, many of them, you know, are through, you know, fat, through flesh and into bone ... ."
Really? They cut spending five to seven consecutive years?
Give me a break!
Andrew Coulson, director of the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom, writes that out of 14,000 school districts in the United States, just seven have cut their budgets seven years in a row. How about five years in a row? Just 87. That's a fraction of 1 percent in each case.

Stossel goes on to show that money is not the problem. Lack of competition is the problem. Please take time to read Stossel's short but excellent article

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