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Why the GOP Budget Plan Might Be Good for Education

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We’re starting to seethe broad outlines of a budget plan that Republican lawmakers will present this week to slash $4 trillion in spending over the next decade. At first blush this sounds bad, bad, bad for education revenue—we don’t yet know what the plan entails in terms of federal K-12 spending—but maybe not. As theWall Street Journal reports, the plan would “essentially end Medicare” (and replace it with private insurance plans, subsidized by the government), plus:

The proposal would also convert Medicaid, the health program for the poor, into a series of block grants to give states more flexibility. And it is expected to suggest significant cuts in Social Security, while proposing fewer details on how to achieve them.

Continue reading Michael Petrilli at EducationNext