What came first, the chicken or the egg? That age-old question applies this year to claims that state spending on K-12 education has decreased under Gov. Rick Snyder. So, what did come first; a willful determination to make the claim against Snyder, or the contorted bookkeeping used to justify it?
We should always be hesitant to ascribe motives. However, it is difficult to believe the coalition that argues year after year and decade after decade that K-12 spending is deficient didn’t first choose its message and then invent a way to back it up.