Vouchers v. public schools

| April 2, 2008

This short AP article in the DC Examiner says it better than anything else (emphasis mine):

WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Census figures show D.C.’s public schools spend more than $13,000 per student. That’s the third-highest figure in the nation when compared among states.

A report released Tuesday shows that on average, school districts nationwide spent about $9,100 per student in fiscal 2006, which is about 5 percent more than in 2005.

D.C. spent about $13,400 per student in 2006, which was only exceeded by New York and New Jersey.

Despite the city’s high per-student spending, scores on math and reading were the lowest in the country last year, according to results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests.

I lived in DC itself for six years, and I sent my son Jon (now in the Marines) to the public schools there (Wilson High, also in the news today). I actually met with the CIO of the DC school district to see about doing pro bono work with their IT systems; what I heard were several horror stories about just how dysfunctional the whole school district is.

But of course we all know that all that public schools simply need more money to fix everything.  ..bruce w..

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Category: Education, Main, US Politics

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. M. Murcek says:

    $ spent per pupil is a useless statistic, and it obfuscates a whole range of issues. It would be worth more to know unionized headcound per pupil and $ per hr on the clock per unionized warm body. Here in PA, a big issue is grassroots efforts to keep schoolhouses open regardless of whether it is economical or not. I read recently that LA unified school district has 31,000 employees who never have any direct contact with any student. That’s some overhead. School districts in America have not been run for the primary benefit of students in a long, long time.