When the federal government is handing out funding for programs they never should be funding, there will be winners and there will be losers. Connecticut’s application for $50 million in Department of Education funding was denied again; some other state(s) will be the winners.
I can’t help but wonder if Connecticut’s status as a “true blue” state with a Democrat governor, legislature and a voting population who will almost certainly vote overwhelmingly for President Obama in 2012 has anything to do with it.
What, you think politics had nothing to do with the pure-as-white-driven-show grant process in Washington? From the Hartford Courant.
For the third time, Connecticut has lost its bid for a federal Race to the Top grant — this one to improve educational programs for very young children.
Connecticut had applied to the U.S. Department of Education program for $49.9 million.
Word came late Thursday afternoon that Connecticut was out of the running.
Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) still thinks more money is the solution to the education problem. <rolling eyes> He notes…
“We were aware going in that we were at a disadvantage — a lack of investment over the past decade meant that we did not have the infrastructure in place, or have a well-developed or coordinated early learning system. That will change. This federal funding would have accelerated our efforts, but we are determined to move forward to improve early learning in Connecticut.”
So the Department of Education thought we did not spend enough money on education during the past few years, so therefore we did not deserve the federal funding.
What kind of parallel universe are we living in here? Does this mean if we spend even more of the money we do not have, the federal government will steal it from other states and give us money – that by the way – they don’t have?
Look, this culture of local Boards of Education begging for money from state Departments of Education, and state Departments of Education begging for money from the federal Department of Education must stop. Do you realize the amount of time and resources that are wasted as local boards and other government-types chit-chat, fill out applications and do important “research” on the education boondoggle? I have not looked, but I’m willing to bet you can get a college degree and probably even a Masters in Writing Federal Grant Requests. I’m certain it has become a valuable skill set … knowing how to beg for cash from other government agencies.
This is the disease. Everything else are just symptoms. Join with me to call for GOP candidates to outright CLOSE DOWN the federal Department of Education. That would be a simple step in the right direction.
In other related news, notice how the University of Connecticut is suggesting a 6 percent tuition increase every year for the next four years? Hasn’t President Obama been suggesting a student loan forgiveness program?
Gee, ya think the two might be related? And why isn’t the Obama administration targeting colleges with skyrocketing tuition costs during the last two decades?