New York City apparently will have an extra $5.6 billion to spend on public schools, bringing the per pupil average to $15,320 in current dollars, thanks to a court decision. Jenny D, posting at 4 a.m., wonders if the money will be spent to improve teaching and learning or just for more of the same. Read the comments, and this follow-up post, which quotes Robert F. Kennedy thinking about how to spend $1 billion to help poor children in 1965.
Kennedy: And then I come to this other point, that if you are placing or putting money into a school system which itself creates this problem, or helps to create it, or does nothing or very little to alleviate it, are we not just in fact wasting the money of the Federal Government and the taxpayer and investing money where it is really going to accomplish very little if any good?
For $15,320 per student, New York could lower class size to five.