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Super Tuesday Education Pork

Boston.com reports on Super Tuesday pork, listing just a few of the projects being sought for states where primaries are happening today. Included are national “imperatives” such as: ï Alaska: $487,000 to the Galena City School District for a boarding school for low performing native students from remote villages across Western Alaska. ï Arkansas: $679,150 to the Criminal Justice Institute of Little Rock for a law enforcement education and training program. ï Delaware: $390,000 to the Delaware Education Department for the Starting Stronger Early Learning initiative. ï Idaho: $292,000 to the Lee Pesky Learning Center in Boise to provide educational materials for literacy programs. ï Massachusetts: $235,000 for a weather buoy for Nantucket Sound. ï New Jersey: $624,000 to Rutgers University Law School in Camden for student scholarships and loan repayment, internships and public interest programming (because New Jersey doesn’t tax its citizens enough!). ï New York: $243,000 to the Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse for technology upgrades. ï Tennessee: $4,875,000 to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for the Baker Center for Public Policy. Via Center for Education Reform

Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.