The Washington Post is onto something here (“An Education Stimulus?”)
EDUCATION is poised to win big under the economic stimulus plan hurtling through Congress. But it remains to be seen whether America’s schoolchildren really will be helped by the huge investment of public funds that is being planned. After all, it seems that much of the billions of dollars of new federal spending is aimed at continuing programs and policies that largely have failed to improve student achievement. For the amount of money being spent, Congress should insist on real change, not simply more of the same.
Its editorial underscores what I was saying yesterday in this post (“Overstated”). More money by itself won’t produce educational reform unless the way that money is spent locally changes. It doesn’t appear that such requirements will be made part of the stimulus legislation. Thus, the federal role in education isn’t poised to become more significant apart from covering a higher (albeit still small) portion of overall education costs.