Public education is its own tragedy

Patrick Gibbons

*Shakespeare could not have written a greater tragedy than what American public education has written for itself.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) is putting together a petition to raise taxes on mining. Apparently it is because Nevada’s tax system is “a tragedy” for children and the poor.

PLAN has it all wrong. The tax code isn’t the problem. In fact, take a look at the U.S. Department of Education’s own figures on public education expenditures in Nevada from 1959 to 2007 – we’ve increased PER-PUPIL spending by more than 160 percent, and that is after adjusting for inflation.

The problem with Nevada’s public education system is that is an uncompetitive, unaccountable, centrally directed bureaucratic monopoly. Spending more money and getting the same results isn’t a PLAN – pun intended.

For reform ideas, check out these links:

Florida’s education reforms
School Decentralization
Tuition Tax Credit Program (Parental Choice)