>My party of registration always buys into this >underfunding myth but he made it very explicit. In >essence, the lower the performance of a school the >more money the school needs; it's almost tautological.
What Richardson really believes is hard to know. It certainly is possible he buys into the myth; many people do, as I once did before I started looking at the numbers. The other possibility is that he does not care if "vast underfunding" is a myth or not; he might be sending a signal to the very powerful education unions that, as president, he will protect their interests.
>How can we attract more? You guessed it: Offer a >guaranteed minimum teacher salary.
This is the proverbial man with a headache vigorously brushing his hair: he is very close to the problem, but very far from the solution. The problem is not more pay for everyone, it is more pay for better teachers.