|NJ: A Research Answer to Christie’s Terrible Funding Proposal
Posted by Peter Greene: 30 Jun 2016
Imagine that a state decides to stop offering any sort of food stamp program. The governor declares, “Everybody in our state deserves to eat, so from now on, instead of any sort of means-tested system, we will just give five bucks per week to every citizen of the state to buy food with. ”
Or a governor from a state like Colorado announces that he’s tired of paying so much more for snow removal on mountain roads than he is for small residential streets. Therefor, in the future, he will set aside $100 bucks for each road in the state and that’s all each roadway, whether it’s a twenty mile road through a mountain pass or a two block street in the suburbs.
Or a parent decides that to be absolutely fair, she will spend exactly the same amount of money on each child, including the youngest one-year-old child, the middle child who has physical issues that confine her to a wheelchair, and the oldest child who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Each one gets ten dollars a week spent on them, and that’s it. Because, fairness.
Regular readers know I am all about the illustrative comparison, but the fact is that I am stumped for examples that really convey just how criminally dumb and destructive Chris Christie’s proposal to spend exactly and only the same amount on each student in New Jersey. The proposal will be a windfall for wealthy districts and leave poor district further impoverished.
Read the full blog post here: CURMUDGUCATION: NJ: A Research Answer to Christie’s Terrible Funding Proposal