When did it happen? When did education in the U.S. become a failing business, and why hasn't the government offered a bailout to education?
The government has offered a significantly small bailout to our failing schools, yet the bailout comes with some very thick strings attached to the funding. I find it interesting how education, the key cornerstone in a society's foundation, has the hardest time receiving funding in the U.S.
Looking At the Budget
Banks and military institutions receive their money on a platter absent of strings, while an agency that should matter the most struggles to attain funding comparable to other departments.
I went to The Budget at the whitehouse.gov website to see what kind of numbers we are working with in the U.S.
The 2011 Fiscal year budget adds up to a total 192 page pdf download. (Just under two percent of the health care reform document, so more people should be able to get through the budget.)
Here are the numbers for Education (in millions):
- 2009 -- 32,409
- 2010 -- 56,024
- 2011 -- 71,479 (proposed not approved)
- 2009 -- 636,537
- 2010 -- 688,041
- 2011 -- 718,795 (proposed not approved)
Money Matters in Defense
You know, the layout of government that tells you what branch is under what department and etcetera. While looking into how much money is being spent on war, I had to think about the whole picture and not the pieces. To prove my point, I have a basic diagram below that describes what I'm talking about.
|All four agencies can be viewed as branches under the D.O.D with their own budget allowances.|
(Note: Any monetary disclosures regarding national intelligence in the U.S. are considered a threat to national security and are not available to the public. Just imagine the very large numbers in the billions.)
While I outlined the spending differences between education and defense above, I did not add into the defense amount the budgets for the four agencies described in my diagram above. Of course there are other agencies that have "defense" and "discretionary security" buried in their organizational charts, but the point of my research begins with education and our children.
How long will it take our government and many of the U.S. citizens to wake up and smell the gunpowder under our biggest land mine yet? The increasing failure of education in the U.S.
Please continue reading in Part II