January
22nd 2009
Will the Feds’ Magical Money Tree Help Support Effective Education Reform?

Posted under Education Politics & Federal Government & Parents & Teachers

If Barack Obama and the Democrats really are going to pull $122 billion off the magical money tree and send it to fund education programs in the states, could we at least hope the dollars are spent sensibly on effective reforms?

For example, will the feds dump freshly-printed greenbacks into traditional, union-controlled teacher licensure programs that do nothing for the bottom line of education? Or might they consider using the cash to improve the quality of the teaching workforce – you know, boost effective performance pay so we can reward good teachers, and repeal harmful tenure laws so we can get rid of bad teachers?

Surely some reasonable share of the $122 billion could be used to make a real positive difference. Right?

I’ve already been told my problem is that I’m not old enough yet to be properly cynical about all this. I’m not ready to admit that, but I have been trying to find the seeds to plant a magical money tree in our backyard. That way, I can have my own bazillion-dollar weekly allowance without hitting up my parents or the federal government.

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2 Responses to “Will the Feds’ Magical Money Tree Help Support Effective Education Reform?”

  1. Ed is Watching » Private Schools Facing Real Challenges from Economic Downturn, Too on 27 Jan 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    [...] we at least can hope private schools don’t come begging for the federal government’s magical money tree. That wouldn’t be good [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » Feds’ Magical Money Tree Blowing Dollars Away from Education Reform on 28 Jan 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    [...] week I asked whether the federal “stimulus” bill and its magical money tree would do any good for education reform. It didn’t take long to have that naive question [...]

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