Federal Education is a Waste of Money

Federal Government Wastes More Tax Dollars on Education

Spending more money does not lead to a better education.

Federal education is broken. In fact, it never really worked any way. There is no question that wasting money at the Federal Government is a bi-partisan effort. Often it seems like both parties have their own favorite vehicles to burn through our money. When it comes to education, however, both parties are equally guilty! SPENDING MONEY ON EDUCATION AT THE FEDERAL HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE A MAJOR WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS. It is so frustrating to watch them talk about helping the schools only by doing things that we know through research DON’T WORK! It is time to find alternative to federal education.

Despite the fact that research has shown over and over again that dumping money into failing schools does not work, both George Bush and Barak Obama spent over 7 BILLION dollars on education. Last week a research on the effectiveness of that 7 Billion dollars came out, and… the research shows that the money changed nothing. The quality of education was not impacted at all. So why keep spending money? They spend money so they can say they are doing something. Why not just accept the research of the last 20 years and GET OUT OF EDUCATION?

The News for President Obama and Arne Duncan is not Good!

For an outgoing President, this report tarnishes a legacy in education. Not only did President Obama do nothing to improve the education of low-income students, but he wasted billions of dollars doing it. It is not his fault. Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan all learned the same lesson: Federal education is a waste of money and a burden to our local schools

Here is what some of the media outlets are saying about this most recent federal disaster in education:

Washington Post

One of the Obama administration’s signature efforts in education, which pumped billions of federal dollars into overhauling the nation’s worst schools, failed to produce meaningful results,



The final IES report on the School Improvement Grant program is devastating to Arne Duncan’s and the Obama administration’s education legacy. A major evaluation commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted by two highly respected research institutions delivered a crushing verdict: The program failed and failed badly.


Fox News

The Obama administration pumped more than $7 billion into an education program, first authorized under President George W. Bush, that had no impact on student achievement


They Knew It Would Not Work

Without question, the most frustrating part of the whole fiasco, is that Arne Duncan and others knew the scheme of pumping money into the system does not work. Andy Smarick told Fox Reporter that Arne Duncan approached the School Improvement Grants as a “big bet.” It was a gamble at best, but based on previous research by qualified researchers, it was actually a complete waste. At least when we gamble there is a chance we will come out on top. This bet never had a chance.

The Numbers Speak

In 1970 the average dollar spent per student in the United States as $446. In 2008, that number jumped to $1,185 with ZERO improvement in test scores or graduation rates. The CATO Institute has a fantastic article that outlines some of the fallacies associated with funding education.

Dismantle the Department of Education

Dating back to 1979, the Federal education has cost hundreds of billions of dollars into schools with zero to show for it. As the taxpayers, we are financing this joke. It is time we look at the numbers and demand some change. Why are we letting the Department of Education, a department that consistently wastes our money, continue dictating anything regarding education? At some point we need to recognize that they do not know what they are doing or how to improve the education at a local level.

A centralized government (federal education) cannot ever produce effective results. It is simply impossible. To see why central governments fail at local levels, check out this website: http://www.freedomworks.org

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