Wednesday, March 29, 2006

What's Missing From This Story?

The flow of federal aid to help educate low-income children in Wisconsin will be reduced for next year, federal education officials say, and that has state and Milwaukee school leaders concerned.

Funding under what is called Title I grew substantially in the first several years of the Bush administration, but it is flat in the budget that has been approved for the 2006-'07 school year and, under the formulas used to distribute the money, Wisconsin does not fare as well as it did in 2005-'06.

The upshot is that Title I spending statewide will be reduced from just under $162 million this year to under $155 million next year, a 4.4% reduction, said Charles Hokanson, a deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education.

Parse 101: If the "funding...grew substantially in the first several years...'

Then what WAS the funding at the end of the Clinton Administration? Hmmmmm??? Less than $155 million? How much less?

And, by the way, what was the aid/student ratio in, say, 2001? 2002? 2004?

Another unexplained mystery:

the allocations were set by a formula spelled out by law, and there was no avenue to change the amounts for next year. He said the Wisconsin decline was largely due to such factors as faster growth in the number of children from low-income homes elsewhere in the United States.

WHERE "elsewhere?" Southern California? Arizona? Florida? North Carolina? Virginia?

Yah--that's where the illegals concentrate...

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