Money doesn’t buy academic excellence: Bridgehampton, a Long Island town, spends $45,090 per student at its 153-student K-12 school. Take away special education and construction costs, and the school still spends $24,593 per non-disabled student. Class size is tiny: The school employs one teacher for every 3.7 students; the largest class has 12 students. Yet test scores are unimpressive, writes Marcus Winters in a New York Post column. (Here’s New York’s school report card, which is a pdf file.)
Bridgehampton scored below the state average on both the elementary and middle-school English and math Regents Examinations in the 2001-02 school year. Its average scores on the math test were 623 at the elementary level and 709 at the middle school level, compared to the state average of 651 in elementary and 712 in middle-school math.
While rich people pay high property taxes in Bridgehampton, year-round residents with children in school are more diverse; about half are black and a third are poor enough to qualify for a subsidized lunch.