What is a grant? Websters defines a grant “to bestow; confer” or “a granting of funds for a specific purpose”. This assumes that One actually has the funds needed to bestow as in “The Audubon Society has granted Dr. Doolittle $5 to learn to talk to animals”.
See if the next “grant” headline makes sense: “[Louisiana] will… receive $9.2 million from the [federal] School Improvement Grant program…[and] has received $98 million since 2009,”(1) $98 million! That “federal” guy’s really generous isn’t he, but wait, is he generous with his own money, ala Audubon or is he stingy with OUR money? I suggest the latter answer which ought to make smart people question this whole crooked concept of the feds confiscating our wealth through taxes then picking and choosing winners & losers of “Grants”.
Wouldn’t it be wiser & more efficient for Louisiana to just run our own school systems and fund them with our own monies and eliminate the federal mob bosses? The legislature could do this by either resolution or official act and continue the effort, begun last year, to return school management back to the People and if THEY choose to, their towns or parishes.
This state has managed its own public schools and universities since they were established in the Constitution of 1845 beating the federal government to the education business by 133 years, I think we can survive without Arne Duncan & co.
Oh, but the money is to be used to help repair “failing schools” and the198,000 kids enrolled in them. Now this, is AFTER the $98 million in “grant” money has been spent!(3) The state’s Education Secretary wants to use the bribe money to train principals who wish to tackle running the failing schools but there is no amount of money that can repair the damage done by an absence of active parents in locally run and funded schools. This used to be taken for granted.
(2) The LA Constitution of 1845 lays out the state’s public education system:
ART. 133. There shall be appointed a Superintendent of Public Education, who shall hold his office for two years. His duties shall be prescribed by law. He shall receive such compensation as the Legislature may direct.
ART. 134. The Legislature shall establish free public schools throughout the State, and shall provide means for their support by taxation on property or otherwise.
ART. 135. The proceeds of all lands heretofore granted by the United States to this State for the use or support of schools, and of all lands which may hereafter be granted or bequeathed to the State, and not expressly granted or bequeathed for any other purpose, which hereafter may be disposed of by the State, and the proceeds of the estates of deceased persons to which the State may become entitled by law, shall be held by the State as a loan, arid shall be and remain a perpetual fund, on which the State shall pay an annual interest of six per cent., with interest, together with all the rents of the unsold lands, shall be appropriated to the support of such schools, and this appropriation shall remain inviolable.
ART. 136. All moneys arising from the sales which have been or may hereafter be made of any lands heretofore granted by the United States to this State, for the use of a seminary of learning, and from any kind of donation that may hereafter be made for that purpose, shall be and remain a perpetual fund, the interest of which, at six per cent, per annum, shall be appropriated to the support of a seminary of learning for the promotion of literature, and the arts and sciences, and no law shall ever be made diverting said fund to any other use than to the establishment and improvement of said seminary of learning.
ART. 137. A university shall be established in the City of New Orleans. It shall be composed of four faculties, to-wit: one of law, one of medicine, one of the natural sciences, and one of letters.
ART. 138. It shall be called the “University of Louisiana,” and the Medical College of Louisiana, as at present organized, shall constitute the faculty of medicine.
ART. 139. The Legislature shall provide by law for its further organization and government; but shall be under no obligation to contribute to the establishment or support of said university by appropriations.