> Purely a philosophical/moral question about Ike funds: > > Professional interests aside for the moment, thinking solely on > principle only, how does the clamor for the continued support of Ike > funds differ in any substantial way from simply saying, "We insist that > the U.S. taxpayers keep feeding us teachers at the public trough with > money from taxpayers' pockets"? >
I think the fact that you see IKE fund as a 'public trough' whose only/main function is to feed teachers seem to be rather biased. Perhaps the writer(s) participated in (or ran) those teacher workshops funded by the IKE only to supplement his/her/their income, but I don't know if that's the problem of the program or the participants.
Second, I don't know why making the same amount available as a block grant to states make any difference. As I understand it, states do not even have to spend the money on any education related items. As it is now, isn't each state deciding *how* the money is to be spent within a certain set of parameters? I don't know how such an approach (block grant) is going to help education locally or nationally.