Thursday, June 7

NYC public schools spend over $24,000 per student per year. And the results??

Teachers' unions and their allies constantly tell us the "solution" to improving student learning is...higher salaries for teachers.  And virtually every year, teachers go on strike to demand just that.

If that claim is valid, there should be a strong positive correlation between amount spent per pupil and student achievement.  And in that case, New York City should have the best students in the country, since  according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2016 the city spent $24,100 per student each year--the highest cost per student in the country, and more than double the national average.  And that amount is operating costs only--no capital costs.

So what kind of results do NYC taxpayers get for that fortune?  Based on results of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests just 28 percent of the city's eighth graders scored proficient in reading and 28 percent scored proficient in math, 

Twenty-eight percent proficient. 

Boston's public school system spent $22,082 per pupil in fiscal 2016, ranking Boston 2nd in per pupil spending among the nation’s 100 largest school districts.  Results there were slightly better: 32 percent proficient in reading, 33% proficient in math.

You should know that in many districts the number of adminishits--people who are paid far more than teachers but don't teach--outnumber teachers.  If public schools were a company you'd say there was too much deadwood, slash those jobs and bump teachers' salaries 30 percent.  Win-win.  But of course that's too f'n logical so it'll never even be considered.

The other large public school districts that made it into the Top 10 for the highest per pupil spending were Howard County, Md. ($15,476); Montgomery County, Md. ($15,195); Baltimore City, Md. ($15,168); Prince Georges County, Md. ($14,582); Columbus, Ohio ($14,582); Fairfax County, Va. ($13,991); Hawaii Public Schools ($13,748); and Baltimore County, Md. ($13,512).


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