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5 Responses

  1. Avatar greginak says:

    I’ve often thought instead of spending time on geometry or algebra, every high school student should take half a year of stats. And it isn’t just because I’m bad at algebra that I believe that.Report

  2. Avatar Todd says:

    So I followed your link, and it looks like they have the additional information that Freddie was suggesting be considered: i.e. Total spending at all levels and special education spending. It looks to me like the point stands. Spending has increased dramatically. Results have not.Report

  3. Avatar Joe Carter says:

    Taken independently, the numbers on federal spending really don’t mean much. So yeah, my bad. I shouldn’t have argued that this data questions the efficacy of additional education spending.

    I’m unclear on why you think you made a mistake in posting the chart. While its true that it doesn’t include other types of spending, I’m not sure how that changes the point of the chart. If state and local funding are added on to the federal spending, it just makes the test results even worse. It’s not like less money was spent.Report

    • Avatar Will in reply to Joe Carter says:

      I think I should have provided more context in the original post. Discussing federal expenditures independently of state and local outlays is a pretty limited picture of education policy. Report

  4. Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

    Hey, Will, this is great stuff. Could you possibly do a post on state, local, and fed? Man this looks a lot worse than I thought. WTF, we don’t need no stinkin’ Dept. of Education!Report