It's only been a day, and I'm already overwhelmed and bored by the coverage of the Governor's new education plan -- especially since so much of it isn't that new, or that likely to pan out. 

Unless I'm totally wrong, this isn't the long-term fix that the state's education spending system has long needed.  So why's everyone making such a big deal about it?

Click below to read today's slew of stories on it. 


Worthwhile early investment

it comes to allocating scarce government resources, the voices of young
children are often the hardest to hear. The problem is not that public
officials don't care. It is that they treat early childhood education
and health care as a social issue rather than as an economic
imperative. And the policymakers believe spending on young children is
equivalent to other government spending. I view it differently.

Today's needs, tomorrow's cash

Here's how Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants you to view the funding plan for public education that he calls historic and ambitious:

Critics have doubts about lottery's benefit to schools

Since the first campaign to start a state lottery in Illinois, the idea has been touted as a cash cow for public schools.

Gov's $10 billion jackpot for schools
Gov. Blagojevich pushed a plan Tuesday to make Illinois the first state
to put its lottery up for sale or lease, a move that could generate $10
billion -- including a $4 billion, four-year windfall of new dollars
for an A to Z laundry list of school programs, ranging from a longer
school year to merit pay for teachers and full-day kindergarten.

Who would want to buy Illinois lottery?
If Gov. Blagojevich puts the lottery into someone else's hands,
Illinois could soon have the first privately owned state lottery in the
country since the late 1800s.

Proposal praised by Dems, ripped by Topinka
Gov. Blagojevich calls it "bold," "creative," "ambitious" and "historic."

ChiTown Daily News
Gov unveils school funding plan
Floating a plan to lease the Illinois State Lottery to private
businesses, Gov. Rod Blagojevich revealed his $6 billion education
policy Tuesday.

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