Should the U.S. government borrow money to pay teachers?

Writing in the Washington Post, Charles Lane takes on the proposed $23 billion rescue/bailout bill of public schools across the country, questioning several claims made by its advocates.

Lane never raises an obvious question: What’s constitutional about the U.S. government paying teacher salaries, when education has historically (and in fact is) a matter for state and local governments and families?

Once this precedent is established, what’s to prevent Washington from coming in to “rescue” schools–and further tighten the strings–during every downturn?

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