The $2 Billion Failure

Folks in Kansas City are up in arms over the imminent closing of 29 of its 61 schools because of budget problems.

More specifically, the inner city schools are losing money hand over fist.

I assume the cries of “racism” have already begun.

So what happened to these schools and why are they forced to close? Is it that they have been neglected for years? Is it that they have been underfunded?


In 1985, a federal district judge ordered the state to spend approximately $2 Billion over the next 12 years on schools in the Kansas City, Missouri school district, claiming the facilities were “dilapidated” and the district was unconstitutionally segregated, causing the students to perform badly.

The “wise” judge felt that if the state simply threw a couple of billion dollars at the problem, justice would be served and all would be well.

Obviously, this judge was a true liberal.

So where did the money go?

Well, Kansas City allocated $11,700 per pupil, more money than any other of the 280 largest districts in the country. They built 15 schools and increased teacher salaries.

You see, in the world of the liberals, more money means better education.

But that’s not all. According to American Thinker, $2 Billion also bought these kids an Olympic sized swimming pool with an underwater viewing room, a robotics lab, a zoo (doesn’t every school district need its own zoo?), a 25-acre wild life sanctuary, and a television and animation studio. Students were able to take trips to Mexico and Senegal on the tax-payer’s dime. The schools even had a model United Nations equipped with headphones that had simultaneous translation capability.

I wonder if they translated into ebonics?

The caveat was that the all-important student-teacher ratio was 12 or 13 to 1, the lowest of any major school district in the country.

Basically, the liberals got everything that they claim will create a perfect educational environment for students-lots of money, increased teacher pay, new schools, extra amenities, and small class size.

In 1998, The Cato Institute evaluated this little $2 Billion experiment and concluded that it was a failure. “The results were dismal. Test scores did not rise; the black-white gap did not diminish; and there was less, not greater, integration.”


Better yet, Reuters reported in 2000 that “Kansas City’s public school district has become the first in the nation to lose its accredited status by failing all Missouri’s performance standards, and could be abolished unless it improves.”

Now 29 schools are closing and the folks are not happy.

How could this be? How could a state plug $2 Billion into education and still end up with a result this poor?

Do you think it had anything to do with waste? I mean, call me an idiot, but do you think that kids need a zoo and a wild life sanctuary or would they learn more with books and a decent curriculum? Do you think students need to sit in a room that simulates the United Nations or would they be better served with a slide rule and some discipline?

Could this experiment put to rest the notion that teachers who are paid more will produce students who perform better?

And one more thing….Where is this judge now and has he apologized for stealing $2 Billion from the taxpayers of Missouri?

The good news in all of this is that the students who were lucky enough to have their own petting zoo but failed to learn basic math don’t really need an education under our new Obama administration. There are no academic qualifications for those who collect welfare checks or who want to join ACORN and become community organizers.

When Obama completes his vision of “spreading the wealth around a little bit”, all of those kids who didn’t bother attending class or learning to read will be just as well off as those who actually go to school, get a job, pay their taxes, and make something of themselves.

Isn’t it nice to live in this new world of liberal “fairness”?…

Spread the cash, spread the grades, spread the welfare…….

And systematically watch apathy envelope our country.

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Date: Monday, 15. March 2010 7:19
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