Mitt Romney, interviewed on Fox, said that the nation’s schools have declined because “we’ve basically given our school system to the teachers unions.” He later said that California “… used to have some of the best schools in the country, and now it’s ranked near the very bottom.” Most observers agree, however, that California’s educational decline is a direct result of the cap on property taxes implemented by Proposition 13 in 1978.
Mitt says that unions are to blame
For California’s growing shame:
Its schools once used to be the best
But now they’re terribly depressed.
What Mitt omits from his routine
Are tax cuts due to Prop 13
Which robbed the schools of funds they needed
And that’s when their decline proceeded.
So unions aren’t the ones to chide
It’s Prop 13 we can’t abide.