As the dust settles, we’re finding the shouts of “education Armageddon!” from moderates and liberals were every bit as overblown as conservatives said they were at the time. Texas Watchdog today reports that, in the major markets they’ve studied, the overall picture is nothing like it was advertised by the big spending crowd. There were few resulting teacher firings, some of teachers who were fired were subsequently rehired, and in one of the top markets teacher rolls have grown.
This reinforces similar national findings by The National Council on Teacher Quality, which we wrote about in November.
As moderates and liberals gear up to outspend available revenues next biennium, eager to raise taxes and fees, they’re relying on the same cry of “education Armageddon!” to carry their message.
Many Texans fell for it the first time. As the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Public Ed fear mongering will live on during elections and will be cranked all the way back up when the 83rd Legislature begins. When that happens, folded arms and smirks will come in handy.
--Texas Watchdog piece
--AgendaWise "Educrats cried wolf" piece with NCTQ findings