Once more, columnist gives hash and rehash

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.

8 comments on “Once more, columnist gives hash and rehash

  1. Hank Bond says:

    Unfunded, non-accountable mandates create many problems exhibited by the education systems. Non-educators tell ’em they gotta do it – and then tell ’em they gotta find a way to pay for it, regardless of benefit.

  2. nyp10025 says:

    So you don’t think full-day kindergarten for Nevada children is a good idea?

  3. Milty says:

    Headline on the front page of today’s Reno Kazoo-Urinal: “State’s Schools Near Bottom, But Education Leaders Blame Clark County.”

    Yeah, that’s the ticket, we have no educational problems in Washoe County. What a bunch of baloney.

  4. Milty says:

    “So you don’t think full-day kindergarten for Nevada children is a good idea?”

    Good idea for whom, Nyp? The teachers union? The parents who want government provided daycare? Or the kids?

  5. Milty says:

    Former state assemblywoman and senator Sheila Leslie gave the progressive state of the state address in Las Vegas Wednesday. She had all kinds of great ideas to raise revenue for all the initiatives the Dems plan to introduce in the upcoming legislative session.

    Raise the mining tax. Establish a corporate income tax. Tax wealthy interests, which I can only interpret as establishing a state income tax.

    I’m not sure why the Dems aren’t aligning themselves with this agenda.


  6. Nyp says:

    Good for the kids, of course. I would never live in a district that did not have full kindergarten

  7. Athos says:

    You’d miss your favorite teacher and nap time, eh, petey?

  8. Rincon says:

    Don’t worry though. When you turn 60 or so, nap time comes around again.

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