Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is being attacked by the Left for cutting millions of dollars in federal funding for literacy programs. She says they don’t work and are a waste.
Congressman Josh Harder is being hailed as a hero for criticizing DeVos.
— Rep. Josh Harder (@RepJoshHarder) April 10, 2019
I just want to point out something.
In Washington DC, one of the areas fully supported by the federal government, only 17% of students are proficient at reading.
That means, for a 8 out of 10 high school seniors about to graduate, after more than a third of a million dollars of educational benefit over 12 years each, they would struggle to finish a Nancy Drew book.
Perhaps throwing more money at teachers and bureaucrats who fail that badly isn’t the answer.
Maybe there are some places in the country where the issue really is a lack of funding.
I really believe that the issue is school administrators know that if 50% reading proficiency gets them a million dollars in funds, than 25% reading proficiency gets them two million dollars in funds.
I would bank on the 17% of kids who are proficient in reading are only proficient because their parents read with them and they didn’t pick it up in school.
Perhaps the solution would be figuring out where the money went in all the places that got funds and still had reading problems and then putting some administrators in prison.
Government is the only place where you can get a raise and promotion for having an 83% failure rate at the one job you have. The Democrats see that as a feature, DeVos clearly sees that as a bug.