Washington Post: Congressional school aid is “motivated by politics”

The Washington Post, on the “aid package” to states, much of which will go to public school districts:

The crusade for an education jobs bill, led by the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress, has always struck us as more of an election-year favor for teachers unions than an optimal use of public resources. Billed as an effort to stimulate the economy, it’s not clearly more effective than alternative uses of the cash. Yes, school budgets are tight across the country, but the teacher layoff “crisis” is exaggerated. In fact, as happens each year, many teachers who got pink slips in the spring have been notified that they’ll be hired after all. Many layoffs could have been — and indeed have been — avoided by modest union concessions.

Read the entire thing here, where the editorial board explains the various problems with the design and execution of the package. Among other things, the post says the aid money should have been tied to reforms in school personnel policies. I agree.

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