Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Trotting out the usual blarney

Those who want to continue throwing money at the public schools are revved up good this year.
What has them on edge is another proposal for meaningful school reform.
State Sen. John Thrasher wants to reward good teachers for doing good work.
Teacher union bosses are outraged. They think it is the ruination of the public schools.
The usual nitwit argument is being posed: Florida taxpayers aren't doing their civic duty because they spend less money on schools than taxpayers in some other states.
As if there was some connection between throwing money at the schools and educating children.
Do these knee-jerk liberals really think people buy that lame argument anymore?
It isn't as if that method hasn't been tried. Public schools by any measure have had funding increased substantially. But there has not been a commensurate increase in education.
Florida children began getting better educations when conservatives in the Legislature demanded competition and accountability in the public schools.
Getting into a race with other states to see who can throw the most money at schools helps teacher unions and the liberal politicians they support. It doesn't help kids, families or taxpayers.

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