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Public Education Funding Subject of Op-Ed by Prof. Denoyer

March 11th, 2014

Prof. Brad Desnoyer

In an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Prof. Brad Desnoyer discussed the Founding Father’s views on funding public education and argues the merits of Gov. Jay Nixon’s current budget proposal calling for an increase in public education funding. Further, he stated, lawmakers dismissing the need to increase funding, even as “Missouri currently underfunds education based upon the very funding formula our fiscally conservative,” reject the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. And while he stated that “money alone will not miraculously fix our schools. It is not the magic cure,” he also stated that “necessary public funds will help our students to receive the education they, as American citizens, deserve.”

“The distress of our underfunded districts does not dismiss our Founding Fathers’ call for public education,” he argued. “Rather it highlights the need for citizens at every level to revitalize public education. This includes parents and lawmakers, teachers and students. It includes taxpayers. And it is in everyone’s self-interest. As Adams wrote, ‘[E]ducation of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.’ Benjamin Franklin put it more succinctly: ‘An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.’”

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