Opinion

March 9, 2014

State rejection of K-12 money will be hard to explain

Imagine that you’re a voter, ballot in hand, as you decide whether to vote yes or no on your local school levy. You generally support public education. But you’ve been officially notified that the schools your children attend are “failing.” You also know that state lawmakers – under pressure from the teachers union – have forfeited roughly $40 million a year in federal funding for needy students. As a result, that money is being spent to drive your children elsewhere or provide private tutoring to make up for the deficiencies of their “failing” schools.

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