posted on August 09, 2012 10:13
Whenever the question of how to improve education in North Carolina comes up the Democrats are a paragon of consistency: The solution, they say, is to spend more money.
Now, right or wrong, the Democrats are dead serious and whenever Republicans (who have a different idea about solutions to problems) don’t spend more on education the Democrats are just naturally confounded.
But the other day a puzzling fact, for Democrats, surfaced.
Democratic House Leader Joe Hackney announced he was shocked, just shocked that the Republicans in the State House were taking credit for an increase in high school graduation rates: Hackney said the Republicans had cut education spending and fired 6,000 educators – so it just wasn’t possible that they accomplished one bit of good. The real credit, Hackney continued, belonged to Democrats who, in years past, had spent millions for programs that are at last bearing fruit.
Now it’s possible Joe Hackney may be correct but, then again, there’s no escaping that odd fact: After Republicans cut education spending high school graduation rates did go up.
So, maybe, Republicans have a point too – money isn’t the solution to everything