This trend has accelerated as US public education has been cut to the bone – losing $258m in federal grant money in 2011-12 –
$250 million isn\’t even a rounding error in an $800 billion budget.
For the vast majority of education spending in the US comes from local taxes: most often property taxes in a particular county or city provide the revenues for the schools in that district. With some top ups from State and Federal coffers to be sure.
As to cutting to the bone, how about these numbers?
That\’s inflation adjusted to 2005 dollars.
In the last 22 years the total education budget for the US has roughly doubled. Even taking Baumol into account it\’s very difficult to see that as \”cut to the bone\”. Especially as that is only public spending, does not include any private spending at all.
But then I guess pretty feminists don\’t have to worry about anything as patriarchal as facts or numbers, do they?