Spending $10 billion on edujobs isn’t just a waste of money, writes Rick Hess. It’s “flat-out bad for K-12 schooling.”
“For more than a half century, we’ve spent more dollars on K-12 schooling each year than we did the year before,” Nobody’s been forced to “reexamine old priorities, to create a leaner culture focused on productivity and performance, and to increase the likelihood that new dollars will be spent smarter.”
In my experience, the majority of districts are careless about deploying talent, undisciplined at the negotiating table, lax about pursuing operational efficiencies, and generally in need of a severe belt-tightening. This is not just about making sure resources are better used. It’s also about the lethargy that takes root in bloated bureaucracies, and how leaner, efficiency-hungry organizations create an environment that attracts and energizes talent.
Two years of education bailouts have subsidized the status quo and made it hard for school leaders to set priorities, Hess argues.
Union leaders will make no concessions on salaries, benefits or pensions if they think the bailout drawer might be open.
If we can’t change now, he argues, we never will.
The Education Department has rushed the edujobs application form, as promised. State can apply now for the money.