"Omigosh! The sky is falling, Chicken Little!"
The rhetoric is based upon a 2014 report prepared by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).
"Wow, Chicken Little, doesn't any care about the children any more?"
But, guess what?
Check out the nation's report card for 2013 (the most recent year for which data are available): The data suggest that students aren't being negatively impacted by the cuts!
In fact, 25 of the nation's 52 states/jurisdictions had higher average scores in 2013 than in 2011 in at least one subject and grade. The District of Columbia, Tennessee, and the Department of Defense schools were the only states/jurisdictions to score higher than in 2011 in both subjects at both the 4th and 8th grades. Scoring lower were 5 states (Massachusetts, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota) in at least one subject and grade.
The sky isn't falling, Chicken Little. States are cutting out the fat and the public school teachers' unions and their bosses are screaming to high heaven!
Now, if only the federal government could learn from the states!
Let the discussion begin...