Graph of the Day for September 7, 2010

"Anyone hearing George W. Bush and Al Gore might think that the big vote we're casting next week is really for superintendent in chief.  Listen as Bush invokes his ‘crusade' to improve schools and Gore calls for an education ‘revolution,' and it's hard to believe that just 45 years ago the Federal Government didn't spend a dime on K-12 education."  Time, Nov. 6, 2000.

"At this defining moment in our history, preparing our children to compete in the global economy is one of the most urgent challenges we face. We need to stop paying lip service to public education, and start holding communities, administrators, teachers, parents and students accountable."  Organizing for America,

"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity."  The White House.

Source:  The Cato Institute.

Hoven's Index for September 7, 2010

Federal spending on education in 2010 (80% of which is given as aid to states):

K-12:  $61.5B

Special Ed.:  $21.0B

Student Aid:  $17.1B

Colleges & universities:  $3.0B

Vocational:  $2.1B

Other:  $2.2B

Source:  The Cato Institute.

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