— About $1.1 billion would be saved by not paying for two voter-backed education initiatives for class size reduction and teacher pay.
— Another $1 billion would be saved by cutting college scholarship programs and outreach to future college students from underserved communities.
— The lack of investment in education reform would save an estimated $600 million.
— Another $99.5 million would be saved by suspending annual bonuses for National Board-certified teachers.
— State support for higher education would be cut by $344.7 million, but most of those losses would be offset by major tuition increases and scholarship money.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.