The first six paragraphs of Steve Sebelius’ column in the Las Vegas newspaper begin with the words “once more,” as he serves up another stale column about nothing under the political sun being new and implying he is such an experienced sage.
Sebelius describes the Democrats’ plans for education reform in the upcoming Legislature — “pre-kindergarten for at-risk students, full-day kindergarten, reducing class sizes, ending social promotion and shifting school funding so districts with at-risk, non-English speaking, special-education and gifted students get more of the state’s education money.”
Then he tells his reader, “What would have made the agenda even better was an estimated cost and an identified source of money to pay for it.”
Since he couldn’t be bothered to ask this question of anyone, he quotes from a competitor at the Sun who did, and reports none would commit to tax hikes.
Once more, the columnist, as is the usual practice of the ilk, fails to question whether any of the proposals would make the slightest bit of difference in educational outcomes. For lawmakers and columnists the paean call is always: Do something, the cost be damned, the effectiveness be damned.
Come to think of it, there is nothing new under the sun.