More Taxpayer Money Slated For Teacher Unions

Why is it that teachers are a protected class of employee? This constant raping of the American taxpayer to keep a failed system alive is not what made this country great. The best way to improve our education system is to take the monopoly out of it and allow for serious competition. The better schools will survive while the failing schools will actually fail. Citizens should be able to shop for a quality education the same way they shop for any other product or service.

I have never been a strong advocate for institutionalized government-run education. I am a very strong advocate for home schooling or charter schools. Parents need to be more directly involved in their child’s education

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Apparently $80 billion of stimulus funds for public education wasn’t enough. The Obama administration now says that the federal government should fork out $23 billion more in taxpayer money to save teaching jobs. If not, according to education Secretary Arne Duncan, we will see catastrophic teacher layoffs.

Before calling for a crisis and demanding more taxpayer money, it would be a good idea to look at the facts. First, from the $80 billion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), states received $49 billion in a portion of the act known as the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. Of this $49 billion, states have only spent $28 billion. Why then is it necessary to pass another costly spending bill?

Furthermore, since (ARRA) passed, schools have continued to hire new staff, both teacher and non-teacher positions alike, with some schools creating entirely new jobs. Let’s take a look at some of the positions funded by the stimulus:

2 thoughts on “More Taxpayer Money Slated For Teacher Unions

  1. As a strong advocate of homeschooling as well (we home schooled eight children with a single income Dad stay at home Mom family while continuing to pay tax dollars for a failed government educational system) I too am appalled at the age-old answer to failing schools: simply throw more money at the situation. Even though Arne Duncan is on record as holding public schools more accountable for falling test scores, it is also disheartening that he would sign on to even more money that has been historically proven to fail fixing the problem.

    Let’s see: What is the definition of insanity? “Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results”. If that were the case here, that would be enough to cause oneself to pull their hair out by it’s collective roots. However, within the bigger picture, this current administration is not so much interested in improving the educational system as they are in spending trillions of dollars we don’t have under the guise of helping, when their real intent is to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a Socialist’s Utopia. That is where the real failure lies…..

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