The Department of Education’s sequester cuts are taking a brutal toll on federally-funded schools on Native American reservations, but the federal agency still found money to create a new six-figure job promoting “Educational Excellence for African-Americans.”
School officials on reservations across Minnesota have begun making painful cuts to the current budget in anticipation of sequester cuts, adding students to classrooms, slashing course offerings and leaving vacant jobs unfilled, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. At least one reservation is considering shortening the school year to save money.
But hey, they were told to make the sequester cuts hurt, remember? Kill the White House tours, threaten to cancel the annual Easter Egg roll on the White House lawn, etc. Meanwhile they quietly make yet another six figure "czar" who just happens to be a former aide to Charles Rangel. I'm certain that's mere coincidence, and the Education Excellence Awareness leader position was filled only after a nationwide search.
And if you believe that, you believe that bug-eyed aliens from the Zooboni Nebula will mow your lawn for free.
In the meantime, we're handing over $250 million in foreign aid to Egypt while at the same time claiming we don't have enough money for an aircraft carrier in the Gulf region. We're hiring six-figure figureheads while educational programs that actually produce results are slashed. This is Chicago-style politics writ large here, and while it's all well and good to rub your opponent's nose in "we won", it's short-sighted and these stunts don't play quite as well on the national stage.
Of course, that's assuming anyone's paying attention...
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