Washington Post eduction reporter Valerie Strauss noted in her blog that public education WAS mentioned in President Trump’s speech, citing this excerpt:
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
She followed it with this question:
Public schools deprive students of all knowledge?
My question is: “We have an education system flush with cash?” If we have so much cash floating around, why have over 40 states had lawsuits filed because of funding inequities?
David Leonardt’s column in today’s NYTimes, “The Betrayal of Fiscal Conservatism“, describes the demise of that group of legislators and their replacement by a similar-sized group whose “…top priority is instead reducing taxes on the affluent. If they can’t find budget cuts to match their tax cuts — especially because many budget cuts are unpopular with voters — today’s top Republicans will instead cut taxes anyway and allow the deficit to grow.”
I think Mr. Leonardt missed the point in his critique. This group’s intent on ballooning the deficit is part one of a two part strategy: Part One is to increase the deficit through tax cuts and the privatization of public projects and public services— like schools. Part Two is to shred the funding for “entitlements” and the “safety net” once the deficit is “out of control” in an effort to achieve their ultimate goal, which is to make the government so small it can be drowned in a bathtub. Once their mischief is complete, the only “solution” will be tax increases and an expansion of government… and no one will run on a platform that requires that kind of compromise.