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Op-ed column: Why more isn’t better

State’s schools need educational reform, not more federal aid

Jeanne A. Benas/For The Sunday Gazette
Jeanne A. Benas/For The Sunday Gazette
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When it comes to the state budget, the decision as to what is right and what is necessary is vital. Is it right to depend on billions of dollars worth of federal aid to fund state spending? Or is it necessary? Federal aid, one of the largest items in the federal budget, is an overriding source of revenue that states and municipalities have depended on since its inception. It can be a great asset in ...

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February 19, 2012
10:36 a.m.

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Caraccio is highly misinformed. More money does enhance educational outcomes in every society. If the author examine the entire issue of education he would find that upper class families spend far more on their kids than low income families.

Caraccio's dangerous classist argument -more money does not work- has been used by the rich for hundreds of years to justify under investing in the education of the working classes to perpetuate their own position atop the social hierarchy.

More money is desperately needed to fund a longer school year, a longer school day, after-school programs, school trips, and other intensive educational opportunities.

Further reforms of dismantling local control of schools would reduce the excessive balkanization of resources and students based on class which exacerbates the division of educational outcomes. or

February 19, 2012
11:49 p.m.

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Thanks for writing this article, Robert. Not nearly enough is known or published about the interaction between federal aid and local school budgets.