This is the Choice Media Ed Reform Minute for Monday, August 20th, I'm Bob Bowdon.
Over the weekend, President Obama called for Congress to send more money to states if they agree to hire more teachers.
Obama: "Since 2009, we've lost more than 300,000 education jobs... in part because of budget cuts at the state and local level.... That's the opposite of what we should be doing as a country. States should be making education a priority in their budgets, even in tough fiscal times. And Congress should be willing to help out."
The President did something reformers hate: he equated education quality with the number of jobs in school bureaucracies. Hand out more paychecks, the logic goes, and our children will have brighter futures.
But what about school districts that had too many administrators, sometimes classified as teachers?
Or districts using innovative technology in new ways?
Or districts that simply have shrinking student enrollments?
Does it ever make sense to reduce staff in education?
Not according to this logic, which says schools should always become more labor intensive.
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