Federal officials are taking the No Child Left Behind Act to the next frontier -- higher education.
In Pittsburgh yesterday, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said she will be making a policy speech about higher education at the end of this month.
She noted the federal government pays about one-third of the bill, in the form of grants, and basically puts "the money out and hopes for the best."
She said, "That was fine and dandy when higher education was kind of nice to have as opposed to must have. But that's changing more and more. . .
. . . . "The next part of the debate on higher education is for us to ask why does it cost 7 percent more this year than last year. Is it a better deal to get out of Ohio State in six years or some private college in four?
"All sorts of things that parents want to know and deserve to know and can know and find out about buying a car or going to a restaurant or ordering a book online, you can't find out about on one of the most expensive decisions and one of the most important decisions that you and your child are going to make. ...
"I think we have to start challenging that."
Are these incompetent fools the ones we want fiddling with a higher ed system that is the envy of the world?