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ERIC Number: ED536695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-15
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
How Escalating Education Spending Is Killing Crucial Reform. Backgrounder. No. 2739
Burke, Lindsey M.
Heritage Foundation
In August 2012, the White House released the report "Investing in Our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom" to bolster President Obama's call for massive new education spending. The report suggests that, absent an enormous infusion of more tax dollars, the nation's public schools will lose teachers and programs, damaging American education. This claim ignores the fact that over the past 40 years, both teaching and nonteaching positions in public schools have increased at far greater rates than student enrollment. And, of all education jobs, teachers make up only half. Heritage Foundation education policy expert Lindsey Burke explains how another federal education bailout will act as a disincentive for state and local leaders to implement necessary reforms--and keeps taxpayers on the hook for funding policies of dubious value. (Contains 3 charts and 21 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001