In an op-ed piece for the New York Times, Rod Paige, the secretary of education from 2001 to 2005, argues that the “so-called 65 percent solution” is a “dumb idea.” The rule would mandate that 65 percent of school dollars have to be spent “in the classroom.” Backers argue that this would cut waste and curb runaway spending. Paige argues that while education funding is indeed a mess, this rule will not make schools any better, and would just have the effect of encouraging creative accounting methods to circumvent it. In addition, the rule would tie leader’s hands at the precise moment they need freedom to innovate, not more ways to handcuff their efforts… (Note: This site requires free registration.)