When Americans talk about education, it might be the only instance when they debate whether money matters. We need to reframe that conversation.
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October 14, 2019
June 01, 2015
A new Education Next study makes pretty massive claims about the impact of new spending. But I'm dubious, for a few reasons.
December 12, 2012
There was a timely conversation yesterday in New York Times's "Room for Debate" about whether it makes sense for standards and funding to vary by state.
December 10, 2012
As a nation, we're spending vast sums we don't have, and the edu-advocates' slogan seems to be: "Screw the kids, let's keep borrowing."
November 02, 2012
As we sprint to election day, everyone "knows" that President Obama has been a stanch champion of K-12 spending. If you're an Obama fan, this shows the President's smart priorities and commitment to schooling. If you're a critic, this is just one more example of Obama's big government proclivities. ...
June 18, 2012
Over the weekend, CAP's Matt Miller penned a terrific Washington Post column ("Young Americans Get the Shaft") in the same vein. It's a must-read for anyone who fancies that they're an education advocate. Miller writes: How are [Americans under 35] being swindled today?... There's no cash for su...
June 08, 2012
Fact 1: Teachers feel like they're getting a bad rap in the public discourse. Fact 2: I've long since stopped reading the comments proffered on RHSU. What in the world do these two statements have to do with each other? I think it's simple. Self-proclaimed advocates of educators and public educat...
June 06, 2012
Yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker triumphed in his bare-knuckles recall rematch with Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett. The result serves, fairly or not, to validate Walker's push to dial back the scope of collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. In the blue-tinged cradle of Am...
November 30, 2011
As a nation, we've been living beyond our means for decades. Retirees have happily pocketed Medicare and Social Security benefits that far exceeded their contributions, millions of families bought houses they couldn't afford, families lowered their savings rate to zero while piling on the credit ca...
September 09, 2011
When I heard the makeup of the President's double-secret, anxiously awaited plan to create millions of jobs and make America happy again, I unaccountably found myself flashing on the scene in "Knocked Up" where Seth Rogen meets Katherine Heigl. The overmatched Rogen is on the dance floor, shimmying...