Money matters

Money matters, concludes a Shanker Institute report (pdf), which looks at ways that school spending improves student performance. When schools have larger budgets, they’re empowered to spend more opportunistically and productively, concludes Bruce Baker, a Rutgers education professor.  “In short, money matters, resources that cost money matter, and the more equitable distribution of school funding can improve outcomes,” Baker writes.


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  1. Really? By that standard, DC (and undoubtedly lots of other cities), should be a model for student achievement.

  2. Pardon me if I’m a little skeptical of the source:

    “THE ALBERT SHANKER INSTITUTE, endowed by the American Federation of Teachers and named in honor of its late president, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to three themes— children’s education, unions as advocates for quality, and both civic education and freedom of association in the public life of democracies. Its mission is to generate ideas, foster candid exchanges, and promote constructive policy proposals related to these issues.”

  3. Hmmmmm

    Let me see. . . a study funded by the AFT says more money is better. . . surprise!

  4. A professor of Education, supported by the AFT, says schools will improve if politicians shift resources from taxpayers to schools. We may suspect motives, here, but the obvious disproof is superior performance of poor students in poor schools in poor countries. Schools can be expensive. Education is potentially cheap.
    As ever: “What works?” is an empirical question which only an experiment (numerous local policy regimes and competitive markets in goods and services) can answer. The US State-monoply school system is an experiment with one treatment and no control, a retarded experimental design.