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ECOT and NM Funding: “All the news just repeats itself Like some forgotten dream that we’ve both seen…”

July 24, 2018

John Prine wrote many great songs, but few match those on his original album and one phrase from a song on that album, “Hello in There” sticks in my mind whenever I read news stories that seem redundant… and nowadays there are more and more of them. The phrase?

And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we’ve both seen

That phrase came to mind when I read a post from Diane Ravitch that offered a capsule summary from yesterday’s news feed from Politico that described the fall out from the ECOT scandal in Ohio and the recent court decision in New Mexico that found that state’s funding formula to be inequitable. Ms. Ravitch and some of her commenters seem to think (or hope) that these issues might sway OH and NM to vote Democrats into office. I wish that would be true, but unfortunately it seems that most voters accept the notion promoted by the GOP that deregulation and low taxes are needed to stimulate economic growth, a belief buttressed by their overarching claim that “Godless government is the problem”. Until the Democrats find a message that contradicts this agreeable fantasy they will remain out of power in statehouses across the country and public education will remain underfunded and in the thrall of shysters like those who operate low cost virtual schools like ECOT.

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