BLOOMBERG: “We cannot let the shameful failures of the public-school system continue”

June 7, 2022

Former New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg took the education bureaucracy to task in a searing op-ed for the New York Post, arguing their answer for everything is “give us more money” despite having no results to show for it. Hopefully the state Supreme Court gives it a read before they explode the separation of powers by ordering $1 billion withdrawn from the state treasury to pour yet more money into the bureaucracy.

Take a look at excerpts below, and read the whole thing here.

A recent national analysis contained a deeply disturbing finding that has generated little public discussion when it should be causing an outcry: Nearly 1.3 million students have left public schools since the pandemic began.

The message to educators and elected officials could hardly be clearer: Too many public schools are failing, parents are voting with their feet and urgent and bold action is needed. Until now, however, the only governmental response has been to spend more money — too much of which has gone to everyone but our children.

It’s abundantly clear that money was far from the biggest challenge facing public schools. The United States spends more per pupil on public education than virtually any other country, and many districts have struggled to spend all the federal funds they’ve received. Others have splurged on sports.

Now, after students have fled public schools in record numbers, states are paying more to educate fewer children. That might have been acceptable if students were showing great improvement. Instead, we are paying more for failure.

Meanwhile, enrollment at public charter schools has been moving in the opposite direction, thanks to their success, even as their federal funding has not risen in the last four years. From 2020 to 2021, nearly 240,000 new students enrolled in charter schools, a 7% increase year over year.

Charter schools educate 7% of all public-school students, yet they receive less than 1% of total federal spending on K-12 education. As more parents opt out of traditional district schools, that imbalance should be corrected, as charters struggle to afford the teachers they need to serve their growing student populations, often in low-income communities.