Friday, July 16, 2010

An Unwise Cut in School Aid

Kudos to the NYT for giving cheers to Obama and jeers to Obey for his dim-witted bill:

President Obama has rightly threatened to veto the House version of a spending bill that includes damaging and unnecessary cuts to his signature education grant program, known as the Race to the Top.

…Thirty-six states have applied for the second-round grants, which will be announced later this month. To cut financing now would discourage governors to gather support for new reforms. It would also send the message that the federal government was never really serious about this effort in the first place.

Fortunately, the cuts that passed the House have little chance of passing the Senate, where a dozen Democrats have issued a letter labeling them "unacceptable." The senators recognize the need to pay for a bill that would prevent as many teacher layoffs as possible, but they also know it is possible to protect this important program as well.


NYT editorial, July 5, 2010

An Unwise Cut in School Aid

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