What are we going to get for $100 billion in education stimulus money? More data on how students are doing. But that’s not enough, writes Andrew Rotherham in U.S. News.
The recent economic stimulus bill contains more than $100 billon in education spending, a historic investment equal to about 16 percent of the nation’s annual expenditures on public elementary and secondary schools. In exchange, states are required to report more information about student performance and make “assurances” that they will work to improve schools. However, the law requires little in the way of actual changes.
Transparency isn’t the same as accountability, he writes.