Mankind vs Money

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, administration expenditures for public elementary and secondary education in the fiscal year 1919-1920 were $36,752 dollars or 3.5% of the total education budget with instruction receiving $632,556 or 61.0% of the distribution.

In the fiscal year 2012-2013 administration rose to $41,238,521 dollars or 6.65% of the total expenditure while instruction fell to 53.75% or $333,123,750 dollars.

This may appear to be a gradual increase however that is not the case.

In the fiscal year 1979-1980 administration was at 4.4% of total expenditures with instruction receiving 55.5%.

In the fiscal year 1989-1990 administration jumped to 7.75% and instruction dropped to 53.45%.

“In August 1981, Terrell Bell, President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of education, assembled a panel of experts and charged them with the daunting task of reporting back in 18 months on “the quality of education in the United States.” The result was a report, released in 1983 by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, titled “A Nation at Risk.”. . .

Each year, American corporations were spending more than $40 billion to educate their workers (a figure that included money spent on remedial education as well as other professional development). . .

In September 1989, President George H.W. Bush convened the nation’s governors in Charlottesville, Va., for the first-ever National Education Summit. Their aim was to draft national “goals” for education. The summit, in which a young governor from Arkansas named Bill Clinton played a prominent role, established six broad objectives to be reached by 2000. . .

In 1995, the National Governors Association invited Louis V. Gerstner Jr., the chief executive officer of IBM, to speak at the group’s annual meeting in Burlington, Vt. Gerstner had long been involved in education reform . . . This time, it wasn’t the president of the United States who was the host; instead, President Clinton was an invited guest. . . (PBS)

The birth of the common core saw an increase in administrative costs and a decrease in instructional costs. Corporations had found a way to not only to recoup their losses but capitalize on the educational failure of our children.

Approximately $141 billion was spent on education in fiscal year 2014 while we blame poverty for the educational failure of our children.

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