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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 561 -- Funding Our Schools.


Everyone wants good schools for their kids. Schools are often something people cite when they decide where they want to locate themselves, their capital, and their businesses.

There is an impression out there that the path to good schools is the result of "more funding." That may be true in some cases, but let's examine the data:


We have seen massive increases in spending, even adjusted for inflation. We have also seen massive increases in per pupil spending.

Have we seen higher test scores, higher graduation rates, higher attendance rates, better discipline, higher achievement in the classroom, or any other tangible evidence of success?

No. We really haven't. We've been throwing money into a broken system, dominated by unions and bureaucrats.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 25 March 2009 10:33 AM


"Everyone wants good schools for their kids."
And that is the reason I sent my only child to private day-care and private schools.

Thank God that I never had to and had the resources to send him to private schools. He never set foot in a public school, as far as I know.

We never complained, my ex-wife and his mother, about having to pay for public education while forking over tens of thousands of dollars to pay for his private schools. At times, she worked her professional job during the week, a high-end Department store job the weekends. I worked my professional job during the week, a three night a week job with the Federal Government, and every other weekend(a twelve hour shift on Saturday and Sunday) at a extended care facility for the old folks.
Don't tell me a public education costs too much money, it's just over-priced.

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at March 25, 2009 05:26 PM

Where are the best K-12 public schools found? Based on 2007 SAT scores, in fly-over country. You know, hick hayseed farmer country! In 2007, 77% of Iowa high school grads took the SAT. Why? Because you can rank in the lower 50% of your class and still rank high enough on your SAT to get accepted to many colleges and universities. Of course the large cities don't do as well. The rural folks are very involved in the school system and it is the farmers who pay the largest portion of property tax which funds the schools. Parental involvement is the single most important factor in good education, and the farmers, because of their large tax payments, demand results.

Posted by: JGsez at March 26, 2009 10:00 AM