No matter how much money any government – federal, state or local – puts into public education, it’s never enough in some people’s eyes.
A July 1 “NBC Nightly News” segment detailed a new use of tax payer dollars in one of the worst performing, financially struggling school systems in the country – the
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“In less than two years, Rhee has replaced nearly one in three of the principals and dozens of teachers, closed 23 failing schools and proposed six-figure salaries in exchange for tenure for teachers,” Brokaw said. “And she has put selected D.C. middle schools on the Capital Gains payroll run by a Harvard think tank. The cost of that program $2.7 million, half from D.C. taxpayers, half from a private grant. Through Capital Gains, kids can earn as much as $100 every two weeks, and many of them directly deposit it in a savings account.”
“This program is a bad method consisting of dangling goodies in front of kids rather than treating them respectfully as partners in the learning, married to a bad objective, higher scores on bad standardized tests,” Kohn said.
And Brokaw’s segment ignored the financial woes that have been facing the D.C. schools. Recently, Rhee went to head-to-head with the D.C. Council on enrollment figures, which would determine budget funding system for the system. According to the June 3 Washington Examiner , the council and Rhee bickered over several million dollars in funding based on enrollment figures. Rhee threatened the council with mass layoffs before a compromised was eventually reached that left $3.3 million on the table pending the outcome of an enrollment audit.