America Cares About Buying Guns, Not Educating Kids America Cares About Buying Guns, Not Educating Kids
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America Cares About Buying Guns, Not Educating Kids

by Liz Dwyer

April 18, 2011



Literacy, technology, and scholarships are all being slashed this year. The number of Pell grants low income students can receive has been reduced from two to one, and essential AmeriCorps programs like Teach For America, the National Writing Project, and City Year have been defunded. Federal stimulus money to help cash-strapped state governments funnel money to schools has dried up. As a result, states hit by the economic downturn continue to cut billions from education.

But, as the SIPRI report points out, “even in the face of efforts to bring down the soaring US budget deficit, military spending continues to receive privileged treatment.” And, despite putting education on the chopping block, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is passing legislation increasing defense spending.

So much for the argument that we're just throwing money at America's education challenges. We've never come close to trying that.

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America Cares About Buying Guns, Not Educating Kids