Most of you probably know by now that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, who will be Mitt Romney’s running mate, never met a public program – including Medicare, Medicaid and public education — he didn’t want to slash. His selection by Romney reaffirms the course on which the Republican ticket is headed – toward a government with a paper-thin safety net for middle- and low-income Americans and an education system in which children, as Romney has declared, can get as much education “as they can afford.”
Ryan, while in Congress, has worked hard to make education less affordable for millions of hard-working young Americans and their tax-paying families. Here is a sample of his voting record on education issues:
# Voted against a $2,500 tax credit for college students.
# Opposed increased funding for special education and teacher quality programs.
# Voted against full funding for Head Start and supported cuts in Head Start enrollment.
# Voted against funding to help avoid teacher layoffs.
# Voted for an across-the-board cut to education initiatives.
# Voted to cut Title 1 funding for local educators by $693.5 million.
# Voted to cut No Child Left Behind by $784 million.
# Voted to drain tax dollars from public schools by supporting an extension of a school voucher program in Washington, D.C.
There’s more, but you get the idea.
Ryan, of course, won a quick endorsement from Texas’ own champion education budget-cutter – Gov. Rick Perry, who whacked $5.4 billion from Texas’ public schools last year.
First, Perry, and now, Romney and Ryan. Our school children deserve better, much better. So do their parents.