James J. Heckman and Paul A. Lafontaine co-authored, “THE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE: TRENDS AND LEVELS” in which they state, “the estimated graduation ratio peaks at 77 percent in 1969 and then slowly declines until suddenly reversing its long term trend starting around 2000.”
WXXI reports, “The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, President George W. Bush’s education-reform bill, was signed into law on Jan. 8, 2002. By all accounts, it is the most sweeping education-reform legislation since 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson passed his landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Technically, the new bill is a reauthorization and revision of that 1965 legislation.) It dramatically increases the role of the federal government in guaranteeing the quality of public education for all children in the United States — with an emphasis on increased funding for poor school districts, higher achievement for poor and minority students, and new measures to hold schools accountable for their students’ progress — and in the process dramatically expands the role of standardized testing in American public education, requiring that students in grades 3 through 8 be tested every year in reading and math.”
The Tenth Amendment Center tells us, “The Constitution gives the federal government no role in education whatsoever. Because education is not an enumerated power delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, it is clearly a power left to state and local governments, or to individuals, per the Tenth Amendment which states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The Education, Training, Employment and Social Services, budget in 2000 was $53,764 million dollars. In fiscal year 2015 the education budget was approximately $67.1 billion with no discernable difference in the graduation rate.
It cost taxpayers $66 billion dollars to initiate and maintain RTTT educational policies and programs and we have just returned to 1969 graduation rates amid great controversy surrounding the accuracy of the reporting data.
Our children deserve a $66 billion dollar education that discovers, develops, and directs their gifts and talents towards securing the blessings of liberty.
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