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Hallelujah, we are rich. With the sweep of his pen on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will more than double the budget for education when he signs the $789 billion stimulus package. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will have a glorious $100 billion to deliver to needy schools, programs and universities. As The New York Times describes: "The plan would shower the nation’s school districts, child care centers and university campuses with $150 billion (updated: $100 billion) in new federal spending, a vast two-year investment that would more than double the Department of Education’s current budget. The proposed emergency ...

I'm all about balance and compromise when it comes to politics and policy, but how many others out there shook their heads knowingly and resignedly when finding out that the revised stimulus package passed Wednesday took a $16 billion bite out of the initial plan for school construction. (Insert disappointed clucking and sighing?) Everyone loves the idea of education, but it's always among the first to go. The original $83 billion proposed two days ago to go toward child care, public schools and universities.? Too good to be true. Building new schools will not close the achievement gap (psst, it's ...


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