Originally posted by SDW2001
[B]The federal education budget, for example, has gone up almost 50% in three and a half years. How is that underfunded?
It's underfunded because Bush set up a system like this:
If a school does well enough in testing, it gets $X per student.
However, if it does too poorly, it loses $Y per student.
And then he underfunded his own measure, by the standards of the bill, so that even if a school does everything it is supposed to, it doesn't get the $X per student it was promised, but a lower sum of money. Meanwhile, schools that are trailing are still fully punished.
In other words, Bush set up a carrot and stick approach and then at the last minute took away much of the carrot.
The question isn't if funding went up, it's if it went up to the degree that Bush promised it would. It has not.