House education chairman John Kline released a bill last week that would provide “unprecedented” flexibility for states and local school districts around how they spend their federal education dollars. Predictably, liberals hate it (both reformers and the status quo); libertarians think it doesn’t go far enough.
The liberals’ stated beef is that the bill would allow districts and (especially) states to divert federal funds away from poor kids. And they are right. It would, and that’s unwise policy.