Tom Reed’s latest effort to instruct his constituents

Doesn't know much about Social Security, may not want to learnWith a recent e-mail to constituents, Tom Reed offers us another slanted poll.

Do you believe universities receiving public funding should be required to spend a portion of their non-taxed financial assets and donations (endowment) to assist students from middle class families?

Yes, university endowment should assist students to make college affordable.
No, universities should be able to use their endowment in whichever way they choose.

Do you support Common Core?

Yes, Common Core is the best option to educate our children.
No, Common Core is negatively affecting our children and their ability to learn.

Do you believe it is unfair that funding for school districts can be affected by the percentage of students who opt out of standardized testing?

Yes, school district funding should not be in jeopardy based on opt-out rates.
No, school district funding should be adjusted based on opt-out rates.

Should colleges and universities that participate in federal student aid programs be required to publicly disclose the salaries of employees making over $200,000?

Yes, the taxpayer has the right to know how much university officials are paid.
No, this information should not be publicly disclosed.

Would you support legislation that prohibits sex offenders from receiving financial aid to attend a higher education institution?


Notice that many of the choices offered aren’t opposites, the yes/no answers are given a specific meaning, and that many of the suggested “yes” answers are those Tom is known to favor whereas the “no” answers are those he might well mock. Notice also that Tom invites our outrage at what he would disparage: elite universities with large endowments, Common Core, educator’s salaries, and sex offenders.

Here is my attempt at improving on Tom’s poll.

Denying sex offenders educational benefits would do little to curb their antisocial inclinations or to improve education.

While Tom Reed would limit the pay of educators, he might object to limits on his pay which seems higher than he deserves in this author’s opinion.

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