More Government Spending DOES NOT Equal Better Education
by David Bellow on March 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM
Education budgets around the nation have become extremely bloated over the past few decades while education has not gotten any better. Below are three interesting statistics about money, grades, and Texas teacher to non teaching staff ratio.
Nationally, Since 1970, inflation adjusted public school spending has more than doubled. Over the same period, achievement of students at the end of high school has stagnated according to the Department of Education’s own long term National Assessment of Educational Progress. Meanwhile, the high school graduation rate has declined by 4 or 5%, according to Nobel laureate economist James Heckman.
On a state by state basis, the following chart shows that more money spent per pupil does not mean higher scores. In fact, some states that spend the least amount of money per pupil have much higher SAT scores than states that spend the most. Utah spends less than half the money per pupil than what New York or Washington DC spends per pupil and yet Utah has much higher SAT scores.
School spending needs to be reformed. Schools need to spend money on education instead of raising taxes to pay for non-educational waste.
One major problem is that non teaching staff account for HALF of all paid staff in Texas schools. Texas schools are here to teach children and more than half of the Texas school paychecks should go to teaching staff. I bet if schools would hire more teachers it would help students get better grades instead of Texas schools hiring so many people who DO NOT teach.