Education: Short Change

Blasting Bush on funding

George Bush has no patience for those who accuse him of stinting on public education. As he told Governors last fall, the U.S. "lavishes unsurpassed resources" on schooling. Last week that claim was strongly challenged by the Economic Policy Institute (E.P.I.), a Washington-based think tank. In a 29- page report based on data published by the Federal Government and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the institute concludes that the U.S. spends relatively less on elementary and secondary education than 13 other industrialized countries, including Japan, West Germany, France and the Netherlands.

According to the report, Shortchanging Education, only...