Does money matter in schools? Not in Georgia, writes Benjamin Scafidi of the Center for an Educated Georgia in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He analyzed education statistics over the last 25 years.
I found that per-student spending over the last generation (adjusted for inflation) more than doubled in Georgia, while at the same time public high school graduation rates fell. This dramatic increase in operational spending led to large decreases in class sizes, huge improvements in instructional technology and large increases in administration. But it absolutely did not increase graduation rates over where we were when Jimmy Carter was president and “Urban Cowboy” was all the rage.
Joseph G. Martin Jr. of the Consortium for Adequate School Funding in Georgia says schools must spend more money on teacher pay now that educated women have other career options and on teaching students who aren’t fluent in English.
Via Bill Evers’ new Ed Policy blog, which has lots of posts.