I'm not following the battle over the stimulus bill carefully enough, because it makes my head spin, but this is pissing me off! Apparently the Republicans want to cut most of the education funding out of the stimulus bill, including school construction.
What I want to know is where their kids go to school.
My kid goes to a fabulous public school with great teachers, a diverse student body, a solid curriculum, lots of cultural enrichment opportunities (organized by yours truly and my peeps), and a FOR SHIT building. The building is 50 years old and a disgrace. It leaks, it's boiling hot for almost three months of the school year, its systems are going...oh, I could go on, and plenty of people have.
Now, I've always taken the position that the school is great and the building doesn't matter that much. But then I heard that we might get a new school out of the stimulus bill. How many people does it take to build a school? A lot. Yes, I'm talking about jobs. How much more will students learn if they are not sweating to death in May, June, September, and part of October? More. Not enough that I would stake my life on a new school, but enough that if you're doing an economic stimulus bill that's going to pour billions of dollars into the economy, I'd sure as hell rather see it poured into my daughter's school than into more of these damn banks.
Oh god, I am just in a rage. Well, I'm in a rage anyway, but this seems like a damn good place to focus it!
Edited to add: I know I'm just going with the selfish take on it here, but have you ever been in inner-city schools? I have. A lot. You (and I'm talking to those of you who haven't, because those of you who have know what I'm talking about) can't imagine how grim some of them are. Rebuild those schools, create jobs, and give students a better place to learn? How can this not be a no-brainer??????