Wednesday, December 28, 2005

House of Stupidity

This is Bob Englehart's "House of Stupidity" cartoon from the Hartford Courant. A commentary on the poor decisions to cut education funding in response to an overwhelming budget deficit. The U.S. Senate on Dec. 21 quietly approved a new education budget for 2006 that will cut federal education spending for the first time in nearly a decade. One of the biggest cuts was to educational technology. There will be $221 million less for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) state block-grant program, the primary source of federal funding for educational technology. The House and the Senate have both approved the measure. So now, it will be passed to the desk of President Bush for final approval. Most likely, he will regretfully sign it despite his desire to have the program eliminated in it's entirety.

It could be worse. The overall budget for education has been reduced by only 59 million, compared to the original 300 million in cuts that Bush had originally proposed. I found this to be particularly interesting- $95 million went to establish a new Teacher Incentive Fund, which seeks to reward educators for helping students meet the goals of NCLB. Hmmm... Let us know how that works out.


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