California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to shorten the school year by 5 days to save money. Georgia is proposing larger class sizes for next year. One Detroit elementary school is even asking for donations of toilet paper and light bulbs to continue operating.
Things are tough all over, but with drumbeats for a bailout of state budgets growing louder, Mike Petrilli, Checker Finn and Rick Hess argue at National Review that a stimulus package may retard education reform. “There’s scant evidence that an extra dollar invested in today’s schools delivers an extra dollar in value,” the trio note. “And ample evidence that this kind of bail-out will spare school administrators from making hard-but-overdue choices about how to make their enterprise more efficient and effective.”
Over at Flypaper, Petrilli writes with eyes wide open, “Yes, we’re ready for the hate mail.”