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High School Graduation Initiative (Dropout Prevention) Program ($50 million annually).

The list goes on and on. There are 150 federal education programs, in fact. That’s on top of state and local spending, which comprises the bulk of all education funds.

The unfortunate thing is not that budget cuts are occurring. As the deficit continues to soar, it’s clear that they’re badly needed. No, the problem is that they’re not being targeted more effectively.

The nation’s teachers have proliferated a great deal in the past several decades. So have many programs that should have been expelled long ago.

Ed Feulner is president of the Heritage Foundation (