Charts: Education's Part Of "Everything Else" In Federal Spending
Sometimes it seems sad how little money is spent on education at the federal level -- in many cases, it's not even enough for education to get its own category.
That's the case in this chart, via NPR, in which the light green represents the "everything else" category -- which includes education, has gone down over the past 50 years from nearly 15 percent to roughly 12 percent.
No, I don't really care (or believe) that education is or should be a state and local issue.
To me, that argument has always seemed quaint and ideological -- powerful, to be sure -- but neither realistic nor defensible.
I'd rather have a more equitable and uniform system than the current insupportable range of excellence and dysfunction.