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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #26)

Mon May 28, 2012, 01:11 AM

27. those are incentives which are in addition to other increases in funding

You call it 'coercion.' It's no more coercion than any of the federal initiatives. At least there's money allocated for them. It would be one thing if the administration was establishing programs and not funding them.

But if you look further down in the budget, you''ll see increases in funding across the board for many other initiatives like special needs and disability assistance.

Again, most of the money for public schools comes from state revenue. The federal government has always represented a small contribution. The fact that there are charter school initiatives and other programs you might disagree with in the budget doesn't preclude the fact that they represent only a tiny fraction of the schools in the country. Most of the money in the budget are for programs which supplement public education systems. As with most federal dollars, there are guidelines and requirements, but the funds are incentives for these initiatives, the majority of which are not mandatory. You've conflated it all into a little box and are misrepresenting the intent of the initiatives and the impetus..

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