Total Control

A couple of years ago, Michelle Obama admitted that she'd never been proud of her country until it embraced Hope & Change. Now, it seems, she's regressed.

Speaking to the NAACP today, Michelle was promoting her anti-obesity campaign. But I found it amusing that, in her list of gripes for minority kids, she complained about the nation's schools and their treatment of black children... Surprising given that education is one of the few realms where Democrats have total control.
And when so many of our children still attend crumbling schools, and a black child is still far more likely to go to prison than a white child, I think the founders of this organization would agree that our work is not yet done.
The schools that are owned and operated by liberal ideals and consume liberal amounts of money... she says they're failing our kids! And guess what. The facts support her assertion. Check it out.
There has never been a time in recent U.S. history when government (federal, state, and local) has stopped "investing" in education.... total real expenditures shot up from $2,229 per pupil in 1965-66 to $4,206 per pupil 20 years later, an 89 percent hike. Keep in mind that this increase was after inflation, meaning that actual buying power available to schools almost doubled during that period.
Didn't the Reagan era mean huge cuts in education spending?
Real spending in the 1980s, during all the Reagan-era cuts we hear so much about, actually grew at a faster rate--21 percent between 1981-82 and 1986-87--than in the previous decade, when it increased by "only" 16 percent.
How about during the Bush years - surely he slashed education money!
Actually, federal education spending has grown dramatically over the past six years (2000-2005) under President Bush and the Republican Congress.  But more importantly, whether it's Republicans or Democrats increasing federal funding, more federal dollars have not improved American education in recent decades.
More dollars, less education. Organized labor at work.
Since the early 1970s, inflation-adjusted federal spending per pupil has doubled.  Over that period, student performance has not markedly improved, according to the long-term National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is designed to measure historical trends.
It's my pet peeve, the bad policies in education that drive up cost and hold down success. Democrats do anything to buy the loyalty of teachers unions. And talk of race based failure is ironic considering that America's urban schools tend to get much more money per pupil than do suburban systems.
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