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Beto O’Rourke Proposes $500 Billion Dollar Plan to Address ‘Education Inequality’

Beto O’Rourke Proposes $500 Billion Dollar Plan to Address ‘Education Inequality’

“Permanent Fund for Equity and Excellence”

America already spends a fortune on education. How does this solve a single problem? It looks like another attempt to buy votes.

CBS News reports:

Beto O’Rourke calls for a sweeping $500 billion fund to address education inequality

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is releasing a plan to address structural inequality in education ahead of his appearance at the NAACP National Convention in Detroit Wednesday. The plan, obtained exclusively by CBS News, includes the creation of a $500 billion “Permanent Fund for Equity and Excellence” in an effort to close the funding gap between predominately white and non-white school districts.

Other tenets of the plan include ending racial disparities in school disciplinary measures, providing student debt relief for educators and investing in the teacher pipeline to increase diversity within the teaching profession.

“Sixty-five years after Brown v. Board of Education, and America’s schools still remain segregated,” O’Rourke said in a statement.

“The effects of a system where students of color are disciplined at alarmingly higher rates than white students, where funding favors white school districts over nonwhite districts, or where white teachers far outnumber black teachers live on well beyond students leaving the classroom. We must be relentless in our fight for equity and full opportunity in our schools, our education system, and across society.”

According to a February report by EdBuild, an advocacy and research group that focuses on school funding, predominately white school districts receive $23 billion more than predominately non-white school districts in state and local funding, even when they serve the same amount of students. O’Rourke’s permanent fund would aim to close that gap while also making sure states and districts allocate funds weighted based on the number of “low income students, English learners, students with disabilities or other groups of students in need of additional resources.”


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Education will always be unequal. Some people have more interest or more study skills or more raw talent. Some teachers are more talented at provoking interest than others. No matter how much money you throw at a problem, there are no equalizers.

Given the currency of comments on Baltimore and the prevalence of Democrats running virtually all the underperforming big cities, perhaps there is a lesson to be learned with respect to who is running virtually all the underperforming inner city schools? Is there any evidence they really want minorities to escape the ghettos and, perhaps, to take their votes
with them?

So obtained exclusively must mean that everyone else tossed the unopened envelope with the press release into the trash.

So, is tacking “Excellence” into the title of this program what makes it worth a half trillion dollars?

Poncho Beto should have worn a helmet on his skateboard because that brain injury isn’t helping.

Robert(I refuse to call this poor excuse for a candidate Beto) might have slept through that portion of civics class but States determine monies allocated through their own value mechanisms. In Texas, where I live and he pretends to live, it is based on a supremely stupid test(STAAR) and very little is based on the income of the students. Other states have their own measures. And State rights determine where those monies go. It is not determined by the Federal government.

    kyrrat in reply to kyrrat. | July 30, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    And yes, that means my child does not go to public school. The teaching to the STAAR test in Texas cripples the public school system in my opinion.

    stevewhitemd in reply to kyrrat. | August 3, 2019 at 11:04 am

    And State rights determine where those monies go. It is not determined by the Federal government.

    Robert has an answer to that…

At what point in spending of trillions of dollars on “equality” do you start blaming the students and not the lack of money?

You can lead a horse to water, or kids to school. Unless the thirst is there nothing will happen.

We’ve had Government-run schools for a long, long time in this country. We keep throwing more money at the problem and keep getting worse results.

Recognizing that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insane, let’s try something different.

School Vouchers would let each family decide where their child goes to school, and they would introduce a level of competition into the educational system. The performance of Charter Schools in New Orleans post-Katrina show that government-run schools can be replaced wholesale with Charter Schools with great improvements in student performance and learning. And oh yeah… they can cost LESS.

    jb4 in reply to Paul. | July 31, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Of course, competition, gee whiz, so “out of the box”. But those inner city schools are controlled by Dems. In my opinion, they only care about residents to the extent of their votes; and will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into giving anyone a chance to escape the modern version of the plantation.

Beto is terminally stupid.