In 2014, only 2 states that spent in the top 10 in education were below average in NEAP results. Guess what one of them was? The problem is not the teachers. Look at the priorities of our DOE.
Quoting the USA Today. High education spending often pays off, at least as measured by standardized tests. Based on a recent Education Week report, four of the top spending states were among the top five states in K-12 achievement. Among the states spending the least per pupil, only Florida earned a higher grade than the U.S. overall on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP).
However, pouring money into school systems by no means guarantees success. Students in Delaware and Alaska, two of the top spenders, had below-average NAEP scores.
Questions, what is the justification for not consolidating back office functions of the school districts by county such as accounting, purchasing, and HR? With today’s technology, those no longer have to be in house. None of those compromise local control. Wouldn’t that allow money to hire reading specialists and math specialists that everyone says we need? Why are we expanding the Department of Education and not putting money into the classrooms?