Saturday, May 15, 2004


So, the Bush's big education initiative is to throw a bunch of money (in theory, at least) at local schools in exchange for them signing onto some accountability rules.

But, he doesn't think that the federal government should be funding local schools.

"It's not the federal government's responsibility to fund schools," Bush said. "It's the state and local levels' responsibility.

But Brenda Brum, a librarian at Parkersburg South and a former delegate, said Bush's comments fly in the face of the reality teachers, students and parents face every day trying to meet new federal mandates.

"He doesn't think the federal government is responsible for funding local schools," Brum said. "My question then is why are they setting all the rules?"