Donald Trump believes that “the education is flush with cash”. How did he get that “alternative fact”?

23 Jan

Donald Trump was inaugurated last Friday. His speech was overall very poor, but one statement stood out to me above all the others. A statement which is not getting much (if any) press:

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

Emphasis added.

I don’t think anyone who actually deals with the education system in America would consider it “flush with cash”. That said, no one involved in special education would every say such a clearly false statement.

We absolutely are not serving our students, but this is because our education system is woefully underfunded. My own district cut back on many school days a few years ago when California cut the funding sent to districts. Guess what, when funding returned, the district didn’t restore the days we lost. We have about 10 education days fewer than before the budget crunch.

And that’s just in general. Special Education, since the first law in the 1970’s, was supposed to come with 40% of the costs covered by the Federal Government. OK, they said a “maximum” of 40%, but the Federal government has never come close. Estimates are that the contribution is about 17%.

These are the disabled children of our country. Does “America First” mean, “non disabled American’s first”, Mr Trump? Or will you be the one who finally corrects this injustice? That’s going to be hard to do if you think that schools are “flush with cash”.

You’ve come down from your tower to live in a mansion. One walled off from the world. And you surround yourself with people who, like you, don’t understand the experiences of the majority of Americans. And when you make statements like “flush with cash”, it shows.

I’ll be honest, one disappointment with Mr. Obama’s administration was his failure to live up to America’s commitment to people with disabilities, including funding Special Education. How about you prove you can do better than Mr. Obama–don’t tell us that school systems are “flush with cash”, make them flush with cash.

By Matt Carey

8 Responses to “Donald Trump believes that “the education is flush with cash”. How did he get that “alternative fact”?”

  1. Eileen M Hall January 23, 2017 at 20:52 #


  2. mooncatadams January 23, 2017 at 21:35 #

    The Trump administration is flush with alternative facts.

    • wzrd1 January 24, 2017 at 00:58 #

      Indeed, if the man were nearby and tell the crowd that the sky is blue, I’d be dashing outside to see precisely which shade of brown it really is.
      I honestly don’t think that he is capable of speaking the truth at all.

  3. jonathan January 25, 2017 at 15:23 #

    do the math a maximum of 40% can equal zero, there has never been a legal obligation for the federal government to fund IDEA. It has always been an unfunded mandate in spite of your wishful thinking to the contrary

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) January 25, 2017 at 22:39 #

      I had forgotten about you. Long ago. That said, funny how you can’t even be logical in a single comment. If it’s an unfunded mandate, it is a mandate. Which means it is a commitment.

      I guess I’ll hear from you in another two years.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) January 25, 2017 at 22:41 #

      Aren’t you that guy who kept telling me what I think? All the while ignoring what I had actually written?

      Pretty sure that’s you.

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) January 25, 2017 at 23:06 #

        How does the government describe the purpose of the Education for All Handicapped Children act:

        “to assure that all children with disabilities have available to them … a free appropriate public education which emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs
        to assure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents … are protected
        to assist States and localities to provide for the education of all children with disabilities
        to assess and assure the effectiveness of efforts to educate all children with disabilities”

        Emphasis added. Assist the states is directly from the purpose statement of the text of the law.

        And, of course, there’s this fact I informed you of years ago. What was the bill originally called?

        A bill to provide financial assistance to the States for improved educational services for handicapped children.

        So the bill that started out as “a bill to provide financial assistance to the states….” isn’t about providing financial assistance to the states?

    • wzrd1 January 26, 2017 at 01:34 #

      It is indeed required. Article I, Section 8, the welfare of the people is quite readily found in that section.

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