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Your Education Dollars at Work
Posted By Lindsey Burke On September 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In Education | Comments Disabled
Yesterday, President Obama traveled to New Mexico to deliver remarks on education at the home of a local Albuquerque family. According to the Associated Press , “Obama argued that Republicans would cut education spending to pay for tax cuts for the rich.”
While the politics of Obama’s assertion can be left to debate by Members of Congress, it is clear that over the years, conservatives have pushed for policies that better target educational dollars. Instead of just throwing more money into the monolithic public education system, which in many instances ends up lining the pockets of education unions, conservative solutions  include giving state leaders the freedom to opt out of federal education programs and consolidate federal funding, empowering them to better target education resources.
Conservative solutions also include enabling state policymakers to permit parents to take their share of federal education funds to a school of their choice.
Conservative solutions do not, however, include throwing more money at the failed status quo. Over the decades, education spending has increased rapidly, despite the fact that spending has no correlation with academic achievement . In fact, since the 1960s, real per-pupil federal education expenditures have more than tripled  (after adjusting for inflation). Yet reading achievement has remained flat since that time, math achievement has improved only modestly, and graduation rates are the same today that they were in 1970.
But over the past several decades, the left has been creating a crisis in education in four significant ways:
Children certainly deserve better  than policies that continue to throw more money at a broken system. Instead, Congress should work to free states from much of the bureaucratic red-tape handed down from Washington. In so doing, state leaders would be empowered with increased control over education funding, which would advance excellence and innovation.
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 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/education-spending.jpeg
 Associated Press: http://www.wftv.com/politics/25189001/detail.html
 conservative solutions: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/Education-Reform
 no correlation with academic achievement: http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2008/pdf/bg2179.pdf
 more than tripled: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/07/Creating-a-Crisis-Spending-Increase-to-Fund-Bloated-Education-Bureaucracy
 stifle education reform: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/07/Creating-a-Crisis-Unions-Stifle-Education-Reform
 non-teaching staff positions: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/05/Creating-a-Crisis-Schools-Gain-Staff-Not-Educational-Achievement
 Squandering $100 billion: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/06/Creating-a-Crisis-The-Squandered-$100-Billion-Education-Stimulus
 Children certainly deserve better: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Factsheets/Kids-Deserve-Better
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