Contrarian by nature that I am, I’ll give it the ol’ college try myself.
Here’s my case against the Department of Ed in a nutshell: The money that makes its way from Washington back to the states and eventually local school districts comes from the same source, namely, us, but before it gets there, it has to pass through additional sets of hands that come with a price tag attached.
According to the Department of Education website, the figure associated with administrative expenses comes to about 1 percent of the roughly $85 billion that we’re spending annually at the federal level on education. So that should mean that 99 cents on the Department of Ed dollar goes directly to educating kids in the classroom. Right?