Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home


[Susan notes: Whenever Rod Paige writes a letter, no matter how disingenuous, it gets published. Steve Krashen chides the Post for giving him the space.]

Published in Washington Post
10/24/2003

To the editor


No Education Funding Left Behind



Friday, October 24, 2003; Page A24





The Oct. 13 front-page story "Education Law May Hurt Bush" included plenty of partisan-inspired complaints but little focus on the unprecedented dollars flowing to the states to support the No Child Left Behind Act.







Under No Child Left Behind, spending for kindergarten through 12th grade already has risen by nearly 40 percent. President Bush's fiscal 2004 budget calls for total federal education funding of $53.1 billion, representing an increase of $11 billion since he took office. As a result, states will receive more than enough federal resources to implement the No Child Left Behind Act.



One complaint heard from state administrators, including West Virginia Gov. Robert E. Wise Jr. (D) in The Post's article, is that testing achievement in reading and math is prohibitively expensive. However, the General Accounting Office has concluded that states have received adequate federal funding to implement the accountability provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.



Unfortunately, many administrators are using No Child Left Behind as leverage for even more funding. Rather than eliminate inefficiency or make needed changes, they hope their complaints will generate even more money from Congress. But the funding we have given is calibrated to generate the necessary reforms.



Certainly, many states are experiencing difficult fiscal situations. But blaming No Child Left Behind for their predicaments is inaccurate. More important, it is unfair to those children who have the most to gain from its revolutionary reforms.




Thank you to Steve Krashen for pointing this out to The Post.

The Post should not have published Education Sec. Paige's defense of the Bush administration's funding for education (10/24). Sec. Paige is an important public figure. He has instant access to the media by means of press conferences and press releases, and he has the ear of education reporters throughout the country. Letters to the editor are traditionally for those who do not otherwise have a means of
expressing their views to the public.

Stephen Krashen

Rod Paige


FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.