Bush and Cheney made their way to a top five worst people in the world list in an Arkansas yearbook and some parents are outraged by the fact that their children are educated. Is it just me, or do you get the feeling that if President Obama’s name were on this list they’d be cheering? Maybe it’s unfair, but anyone who is defending Bush and Cheney to this degree, well, it wasn’t that long ago that it seemed many right wing parents wouldn’t even let their children watch President Obama tell them to stay in school and study hard, lest they be indoctrinated.
Courtesy of Fox 16:
Open up the Russellville Middle School yearbook. You’ll see the students’ pictures, the administration, and a pretty controversial list that’s supposed to be covered with a piece of black tape …. The list is titled “Top 5 worst people of all time.” The top three, in order, are Adolph (sic) Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, and Charles Manson. Numbers four and five are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Superintendent Randall Williams calls the list “an oversight.
Arkansas’ state constitution requires that every child has equal access to an adequate education, so this little truth telling snafu is a happy accident that proves the kids are learning better than some of their parents would like. It also goes to show why Republicans don’t want education to be funded, and why it’s the first thing on the chopping block for many Republican governors. Arkansas’ balanced budget law mandates that when revenue drops and spending must be cut, funding for public schools is spared.
Arkansas’ recently enacted $1.9 billion budget includes a 2% increase for public schools in the state. In addition, (Democratic) Governor Mike Beebe agreed to set aside a special school transportation fund that will help rural districts.
State Senator Jimmy Jeffress, who leads the Arkansas Senate Education committee, had introduced a funding bill that would have allocated additional transportation funding for districts where those costs are highest. The House version of the biennial funding bill included the 2% increase but no additional transportation funds.
Beebe had expressed concern that that the Senate version would not meet adequacy and equity standards established by the Lake View school funding suit because not every district would benefit from the transportation funding increase. But Jeffress defended the plan saying he had the backing of the Legislature’s Joint Adequacy Committee members who had been studying the transportation cost issue. Jeffress, however, dropped support for his bill after a compromise was met with Beebe who agreed to transfer $500,000 from the governor’s office budget to the Arkansas Department of Transportation for a fund to which districts with high transportation costs can apply for extra funding.
Beebe transferred funds from the governor’s office budget to pay for transportation for rural school children. How progressive, Arkansas! Keep up the great work. Kudos to Mike Beebe and please don’t cry, Michigan, Wisconsin, et al. Recall.
h/t the Wonkette