Educators just lost that convenient excuse. The recently passed stimulus plan just gave educators all they've been asking for and then some.
And, the Administration is (naively) expecting to see results and soon. Here's Biden talking to educators.
I genuinely need your help to make this work because, folks, look at it this way. We've been given all the ammunition. If we shoot and miss, if we squander the opportunity, tell me how long you think it's going to take for another American president to go and ask for more dollars to correct the education system.
You've got a president and vice president absolutely committed to having all the tools you need to finally get it right in American public education
He doesn't realize it yet, but he'll regret those words.
Public schools have lots of problems, but lack of money isn't one of them (though fiscal management certainly is).
This graph only captures a fraction of educational spending (mostly operating expenditures) but is sufficient to show the real dollar increase schools have gotten since the 1970s. Don't try looking for an increase in achievement during this doubling of funding, you won't find it.
Educators now find themselves in a pickle -- they've been given everything they've been asking for and which they've promised us will lead to miracles. Now they have to perform.
Of course, we already know that they're not going to be able to perform. And, quite frankly, I think they know it too.
But it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few years. Expect lots of backpedaling and "I don't remember saying that" type of stuff.