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Is Increasing Education Spending Really Good News?
Posted By Dan Lips On January 29, 2010 @ 5:58 pm In Education | Comments Disabled
We received an email today from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “By now, I expect you’ve heard the good news,” the Secretary wrote. “…at a time when most government spending is frozen, the President proposed a significant increase in discretionary spending for education in his fiscal year 2011 budget.”
We were tempted to respond: What makes you think we’d think this is good news?
Secretary Duncan’s email offered a sneak-peak of the highlights of the Obama administration’s 2011 budget for education: “a massive increase in student aid” ($156 billion for 2011), a $4 billion increase for K-12 education programs, and new funding ($9.3 billion over 10 years) for a new federal preschool program.
But is this really good news for American students and taxpayers? Past experiences suggest the answer is negative:
It’s easy to see why Secretary Duncan would see this budget proposal as good news. But we’d hope he’d understand why American taxpayers and students might think otherwise.
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