But despite their failure, these programs live on in the West Virginia education system.
This is how the government operates. Too many failed programs never die.
Consider the U.S. Department of Energy, which Jimmy Carter promised would make America less dependent on foreign oil.
Thirty years and maybe a trillion dollars later, our dependency on imported oil had increased.
It has fallen in recent years, but that is courtesy of a recession, which reduced demand, and fracking.
But the energy department continues. How else will the government give grants to and guarantee loans for companies like Solyndra that are politically connected?
Democrats promised that Obamacare would reduce premiums, eliminate the uninsured, and reduce the debt.
Three years later, premiums are up, there's no notable improvement in the number of the uninsured, and the national debt continues to rise.
Maybe next year it will work.
I doubt it. After more than 30 "next years" in the War on Poverty, the percentage of Americans living in official poverty is higher than when the war began.
Why should I believe that Obamacare will work?
Politicians promise new programs will solve our problems, but when those programs fail, the politicians refuse to pull the plug on the programs.
Instead, politicians reward the failure with increased budgets.
The one exception is prisons. When a prison reform fails — such as the one in Massachusetts that gave weekend furloughs to murderers — the public outcry is so loud, the government shuts down the program.
I have a feeling prison reform will succeed because if it does not, the state will drop the reform like a hot potato.
Until we hold education reform to the same standard, any attempt at a turnaround is doomed to failure.
Surber may be reached by email at donsur...@dailymail.com.