The U.S. Department of Education, launched under President Jimmy Carter in 1980, now collects tens of billions of taxpayer dollars, then sends it back out to the states, including a project called “Race to the Top.”
“Eleven states and the District of Columbia won the competition, but all of them have since postponed or scaled back their plans,” The Wall Street Journal reported in January.
“Race to the Top” is more meddling from the Federal Government, which would be better off promoting school choice and vouchers so parents could redirect their own tax money in local communities to help support better schools and student performance.
A duo on camera, one of them dressed like a pimp, mocked the top-down approach at the Douglas County (Colo.) Board of Education meeting March 6.
“This gentleman is here from the Department of Education. What he has is a $62,000 check. That was all we got of the Race to the Bottom money from the federal government. It’s called redistribution of wealth…”
The satire received a backhanded review from Jamie LaRue, director of the Douglas County Libraries, who wrote on his personal blog, “This is the kind of low-draw, high-entertainment stunt so beloved by the conservative radio aficionado.”
LaRue, by the way, was the “lead plaintiff in the ACLU’s lawsuit against the Douglas County School Board over school vouchers,” as we reported in June.