Mrs. DuToit publishes a remarkable graph from the Department of Education: Federal spending on disadvantaged students is way, way up from 1975 to 1999, while reading scores are flat. Amritas adjusted the figures for inflation: Federal spending on poor kids still is way up with no discernible effect on student achievement.
Why would the feds highlight this data? They think No Child Left Behind will make a difference. Let’s hope so.