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Our very own Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson told a Florida group that the U.S. should pay teachers a minimum of $40,000 a year, add a federal student arts program and cover student loans for two years in exchange for national service.The proposals were part of a $60 billion education plan the New Mexico governor unveiled earlier this month.But Richardson, who hovers near the bottom in the polls, provided few details about how he would pay for the proposals during a fundraiser Monday.Or even if it can be done federally. See most states operate their own education systems – and most of those are controlled by local boards.Like New Mexico. Like Los Alamos.If the governor was serious about this, then why after six years in office is this pay plan not in effect in New Mexico?Beginning pay varies in the state, from the low $30,000s to the low $40,000s.The reason is that control is local. So if as governor he can’t make good this pledge, how can he as president where there is even less local control than at the state level?He can’t and this is just election hype, designed to make him look good but which has no substance.But Richardson went further, stating that he would add 100,000 new science and math teachers.How?
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