June 3, 2004

Why is Rod Paige still Education Secretary?

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at June 3, 2004 6:55 PM
Education secretary says 'No Child Left Behind' critics are 'whiners'

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige staunchly defended the No Child Left Behind Act on Thursday against complaints of too little funding and flexibility, labeling the critics "whiners."

"This law is adequately funded," Paige said at the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference, adding that federal, state and local education spending totaled more than $500 billion last year. "What's underfunded about half a trillion dollars?"

Look! It's a big number with lots of zeroes! How could it not be enough?

Well, "whiners" is better than "terrorists". It's also better than "fraud", which is a good description of the so-called "Houston Miracle" presided over by Paige before he became Education Secretary...

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