Well-meaning public says spend more on public ed

Saturday, September 7, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

cash 100-dollar billThe highly respected Education Next poll was recently released and an education analyst says it shows the public wants more from public education.

“People want more: more spending, more choice, more teacher pay,” says Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute.

Those demands are not surprising, he says, when people fail to see the direct results themselves and hence are always saying “more” is the answer.

The public says it is all for more public education spending until they see the price tag, but even then there's strong support, McCluskey acknowledges. 

McCluskey, Neal (Cato Institute)"When you find out what's spent, it usually decreases the support for spending more,” he tells OneNewsNow. “But I think in every case it was the majority that said, even after hearing what's spent, Well, we should definitely spend more on schools. "

While saying it’s a terrible idea, McCluskey says there is also strong support for free college tuition: 69 percent favor it for two-year schools and 60 percent for four-year programs.

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