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Friday, October 9, 2009

Do the folks in Washington ever connect the dots between funding and education?

Times columnist Paul Krugman today says, "Until now, the results of educational neglect have been gradual — a slow-motion erosion of America’s relative position. But things are about to get much worse, as the economic crisis — its effects exacerbated by the penny-wise, pound-foolish behavior that passes for “fiscal responsibility” in Washington — deals a severe blow to education across the board."

He goes on..."There’s no mystery about what’s going on: education is mainly the responsibility of state and local governments, which are in dire fiscal straits. Adequate federal aid could have made a big difference. But while some aid has been provided, it has made up only a fraction of the shortfall. In part, that’s because back in February centrist senators insisted on stripping much of that aid from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a k a the stimulus bill."

He goes on to suggest that the Federal government should approve another big round of aid to state governments, as a solution. Can't they skip Trenton and just send the funds to the districts? The state of NJ has a poor track record for passing along funds to Ridgewood.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Paul Krugman has about as much cred as Al Sharpton. And why would we want the Feds to borrow more money to send here? Everybody down the line will be skimming from the top before it ever hits a classroom. Best to keep it local.