Fox News is running an article this morning titled: “Department of Ed creates new six-figure job, while wielding sequester ax.”
It begins: “The Department of Education’s sequester cuts are taking a brutal toll on federally-funded schools on Native American reservations, but the federal agency still found money to create a new six-figure job promoting ‘Educational Excellence for African-Americans.’
“School officials on reservations across Minnesota have begun making painful cuts to the current budget in anticipation of sequester cuts, adding students to classrooms, slashing course offerings and leaving vacant jobs unfilled, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. At least one reservation is considering shortening the school year to save money.”
A few paragraphs down, the article continues:
“But in Washington, education funding cuts did not stop the appointment this month of a former elementary school teacher and aide to Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. to the job of executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. David Johns was given the newly created job, where he will be ‘asked to identify evidence-based best practices to improve African-American student achievement from cradle to career,’ according to the Department of Education.
“The goal… is to work with federal, state and local agencies, as well as community groups, to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African-American students.”
Or here’s a thought. We could achieve that very same goal without costing taxpayers $100,000 plus benefits per year by simply getting African-American students out of liberals’ clutches! If they – and the rest of our youth – are merely taught to respect themselves, their abilities and limitations (e.g. physical and legal), they’ll most certainly perform better in schools.
No money down required!
Believe me, the last thing that Americans of any age, race or religion need is more bleeding heart or condescendingly self-serving, useless-at-best liberal interference.
As Fox News goes on to say: “The selective austerity shown by the Department of Education and other federal agencies shows the Obama administration is trying to emphasize the budget cuts’ effect on the public, said Kyle Olson, founder of the Michigan-based education watchdog Education Action Group.
“‘It seems like there’s no rhyme or reason for the cuts that they’re making,’ Olson said. ‘They are trying to maximize the public effect – the pain – in order to make their point. But the fact of the matter is, the sequester is not a cut, it is a reduction in the rate of growth. The choices they’re making are absurd.’”
And that's the nice way of putting it.