Evidently, the stimulus bill that passed the House today includes $150 billion for education, to be spent over the next two years.
There’s plenty of debate over this kind of huge federal spending, and I really don’t understand enough economics to write coherently about the issue.
However, one quote from this particular story jumped out at me.
But Representative Howard P. McKeon, Republican of California and the ranking minority member of the House education committee, said, “By putting the federal government in the business of building schools, Democrats may be irrevocably changing the federal government’s role in education in this country.”
The federal government paying to build schools will do little or nothing to change their role in education.
Certainly not after the past six years during which their No Child Left Behind train wreck of a law has awarded the Department of Education almost total control of school curriculums and teacher training in this country.