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It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that you don’t spend it wisely

It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that you don’t spend it wisely

Like Kansas with its poor, Governor Terry Branstad wants Iowa schools to be more accountable for their spending of state dollars. Citing years of ‘across-the-board money with no accountability [while] Iowa kind of stagnated,’ he decided to teach our schools a lesson and took some of their money away so that they will learn how to...

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Dear Governor Branstad, we need both

Dear Governor Branstad, we need both

Governor Terry Branstad, from the Des Moines Register: “We gave all this across-the-board money with no accountability and Iowa kind of stagnated while other states put a focus on things that increase their standards that improve their student achievement.” [Governor Branstad] has defended his veto of $55.7 million in one-time funds by saying the solution to...

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Imagine that you wanted to slowly kill public education

Imagine that you wanted to slowly kill public education

Imagine that you are a policymaker who is generally anti-government, anti-union, and pro-privatization. Public schools conflict with all of those, don’t they? So you’ve got a challenge. Citizens and communities generally like and strongly support their schools. Somehow you have to create a narrative over time that erodes citizens’ support for public schools and counters...