Thus, despite ever-increasing education dollars flowing from the Department of Education (DOE) since the 1970s, test scores remain virtually unchanged. Federal spending has nearly tripled, while at the same time achievement has stagnated and graduation rates have hardly budged.

That’s no to say that federal spending on education has had no impact. With increased government dollars, schools have seen a substantial growth in federal red tape, paperwork, and administrative costs. And the DOE’s budget has ballooned, along with its staff. Today, there are over 4,000 employees at the DOE making on average an annual salary of over $100,000 each.

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