Tremendous federal spending on public schools has emerged as the discretionary item in the federal budget most available for cutting in order to start the process of balancing the budget. A bill has been introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter that lists 43 education programs that can be cut. We've spent $2 trillion on education since federal aid began back in 1965. The specified goals were to improve student achievement, eliminate or narrow the gap between upper-income and low-income students, and increase graduation rates from high school and college. The awful fact is that we have little or nothing to show for the taxpayers' generosity. Even Education Secretary Arne Duncan admitted that 82% of public schools should be ranked as failing.
So how will the army of educrats, whose jobs depend on billions of dollars of federal handouts, save their jobs? They've come up with an audacious plan that pretends to be useful. It's so-called purpose is to enable them to discover what works and what doesn't, but it is so large and complicated that it would take years and require a huge computer-savvy payroll and billions of taxpayers' dollars. And incidentally, it would be illegal because it's based on using executive-branch regulations to override federal statutes.
This plan calls for a computerized system to track all Americans from cradle to grave by cross-linking all their school and college academic and extra-curricular records, including tests and appraisals by supervisors and peers, with health, welfare, employment, and income data. The data gatherers used to talk about collecting K-12 data, and then they moved to PreK-16, and now their lingo is pre-birth to entry into the workforce.
Tomorrow I'll tell you more about how this plan to gather nosy information on all Americans.
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