“Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.”
—James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States

Monday, February 28, 2011

The hypocrisy of education funding cuts

 Paul Krogman writes in today's NY Times about the colossal mistake of slashing aid to education. He also points out the devastating hypocrisy of lawmakers who champion these cuts:
"Today, advocates of big spending cuts often claim that their greatest concern is the burden of debt our children will face.
"In practice, however, when advocates of lower spending get a chance to put their ideas into practice, the burden always seems to fall disproportionately on those very children they claim to hold so dear."
More specifically to South Dakota, The Antidote, put out by the South Dakota Alliance for Progress, weighed in with a critical assessment of what our illustrious leadership is doing:
"There's nothing left to cut. Ten years of balancing our state budgets on the backs of children has devastated and decimated public education in South Dakota. Public education is broke. No blood from this turnip. Dead. Done. There is not an 'after-last' place. Last is last."

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