Biden Dumped $122B on Schools, 93% is Unspent
"We're desperate, give us money."
"If only we had funding, we might be able to teach."
"Students in America are failing because schools don't have enough money."
Nah. They have more money than they know what to do with. Every single outrageous property tax increase, teachers' union strike, and new budget pours insane amounts of money into a black hole that eats it up and emits nothing in return except more demands.
We overfund the public school system and the vast majority of the money gets stolen, wasted, or sent off to politically connected consultants, woke textbook publishers, and the rest of the industrial educational complex.
U.S. school districts are struggling to spend billions of dollars in federal pandemic-relief money before the funding expires.
Districts have yet to spend 93% of $122 billion sunk into the K-12 education system last year as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education.
The money, the largest-ever disbursement of federal funding for American schools, is meant to address learning loss, mental-health problems and other issues in schools caused by the pandemic. Districts are spending the money on teachers, counselors, technology, after-school programs and upgrades to school facilities.
If we wanted to do that, we should have opened up the school system and allowed the money to follow students into educational institutions that, unlike the failed corrupt public school system, actually want to serve them.
Instead, a bunch of school districts are going to frantically buy up office furniture from designated minority suppliers at a 300% markup and spend millions on diversity, equity and inclusion consultants.
“There’s a real pressure to show something for it,” said Nick Melvoin, a school board member for the 575,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District.
The district, the nation’s second-largest, has yet to spend a penny of the $2.57 billion in American Rescue Plan money it received last year. It is still trying to use up a few hundred million dollars from earlier stimulus packages.
Tragic, just tragic.
It's hard out there for government workers who have to figure out how to spend stolen taxpayer money as fast as it comes in. Feel their pain. They sure as hell don't feel yours.