A candidate left behind

Dick Gephardt, who voted for President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, now says it’s a deliberate scheme to undermine public schools.

“George Bush is deliberately setting up public schools to fail so he can say there is no choice but to take money away from public schools. There’s only one way to fix No Child Left Behind, and that is to leave George Bush behind,” he said Saturday at New England College in Henniker (New Hampshire).

No Child Left Behind penalizes schools that fail to show improvement and would allow parents to move their children to another school in the same district under some circumstances.

“Rather than support a struggling school, they tell parents to cut and run,” he said.

“George Bush is setting up children to fail and then using their failure to advance a right-wing agenda. If George Bush truly believed in this law, then he’d provide the funding to pay for it, rather than wasting the money on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.”

Gephardt defended public education, saying most schools are succeeding, and that Bush is highlighting those that aren’t.

Bush has raised federal funding for education dramatically, though it represents a small fraction of total education spending. Gephardt said he voted for the law two years ago because it raised education spending. “He said he hoped the flaws could be fixed.” With more funding.

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  1. “George Bush is setting up children to fail and then using their failure to advance a right-wing agenda.”

    What a nasty, nasty thing to say. I would hate to ever hold that evil an opinion of anybody.

    As a side-note, the federal government isn’t supposed to fund schools. The state governments are. Ideally, the president shouldn’t be in a position to withhold funding at all.

  2. It seems to me that these people (Gephardt & Co) have far more allegiance to an institution (the public school system in its present state) than to the people the institution is supposed to serve.

    So why are they called “liberals?” Aren’t liberals supposed to be people who are willing to change the institutional structure of society in order to make it operate more effectively and fairly?

  3. How long has it been since, “Why Johnny Can’t Read” was published? It’s been about 30 years, I believe.
    One layman’s definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

    By all means, let’s keep throwng good maney after bad.

  4. Dick who?????

  5. Richard Cook says:

    Dick must think we are dumber than a box of hammers. On top of that he is just a nasty insulting little man.

  6. It’s sad to hear such a thing from the “reasonable” candidate. Such actions speak volumes about how the average Democratic voter is perceived.

  7. Jack Tanner says:

    Gephardt only appears to be saying that. It’s actually a paid announcement by the NEA being hosted by his body.

  8. “George Bush is deliberately setting up public schools to fail so he can say there is no choice but to take money away from public schools.[…]”

    Using a federal law that you voted in favor of? So, you’re telling us that you were completely taken in by W?

    I’m amazed that anyone with three working brain cells seriously listens to anything El Loco Poco Dicko says.

  9. Gosh, I hope Gephardt doesn’t get the nomination.

    I might be inclined to vote for the war criminal.

    Yeah, take away Bush’s war and environmental record, and Dennis Miller’s valentines, then he’s my man.

    Gephardt is everything bad that Rush Republicans have been saying about Democrats.

    There’s something awfully wrong about the Democratic Party to have Gephardt for a member. And he’s the guy with the most congressional edorsements. That worries me. If Dean says anything nice about Gep, I might not vote for him.

    And where’s the guy’s eyebrows?

    Hey, screw the environment. If not for Bush’s war record, I’d vote for him.

    Too bad Bush couldn’t take a tougher pro voucher stance.

    The Republicans make perfect sense when it comes to education issues.

    I used to think Republicans were all just overweight stupid ruling class racists that smell bad. Well, nobody smells quite as bad as Gephardt and Bush is a damn genius by comparison.

    Of course, the above is simply an individual, emotional response.