Daily Archives: September 6, 2003

Late Night Reading

Beldar gives kudos to left-of-center blogger’s writings on the Texas redistricting ruckus.
Lisa ruminates on Big Lies.
Walter begins exploring the idea of the black republican.
Laurence Lessig finds the values of our time wanting:

So defraud Californians of $9 billion, pay $1 million. But develop a new technology to make it easier for people to get access to music that they have presumptively purchased: pay more than $54 million.
Such are the values of our time.

Good Night!

w Funds Effective Reading

In today’s weekly radio address w tells us about his admin’s record in supporting the No Child Left Behind Act. Next year’s budget proposes a cool $1.1 billion for effective reading programs. That seem like a pretty large sum at first glance but then reality sets in.
In 2001 there were 46,906,607 students in public schools. So that $1.1 billion works out to a little over $23/student. Perhaps enough to buy 1/3 of a textbook each. I’ll bet, though, that the money comes with the usual federal hooks: do it this way or you will not get the money.