Stimulus bill spends $142 billion on schools that don’t need it

The Milwaukee situation is instructive for another reason. The city is home to the country’s oldest and largest school voucher program, which provides public funds for children to attend private schools. Families who participate in the means-tested voucher program receive $6,700 per pupil, while the city spends more than $13,000 per student. In addition to saving the taxpayers money, voucher students graduate at higher rates and outscore their counterparts on reading and math exams, which is one reason waiting lists for the program are common.

Yet language in the stimulus bill expressly prohibits any dollars from going toward financial assistance to students attending private schools. In other words, Milwaukee can use the money to build schools it doesn’t need, but not to expand education programs that are producing better outcomes for disadvantaged kids

via Obama’s Stimulus Bill Would Spend $142 Billion on Milwaukee Schools That Don’t Need It – WSJ.com.

Yet it’s so important to get the bill passed there shouldn’t even be a debate.

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