Would More Money Really Help?

The chart to the left, found over at Heritage, shows the number of students per teacher in the public school system since 1950. The remarkable thing is that the number has been declining for the last 60 years; it’s almost half of what it was during the days of I Love Lucy. At the same time, there has been a phenomenal growth in the number of people in public school administration. I can clearly remember that we had precisely two principals and one or two administrative people in my high school, with 1200 students. Today when I walk into the local public school (which isn’t often, since we home school), I see at least ten or fifteen people in different offices doing something, but I don’t know what. And there’s a maze of offices behind me, as well.

Cato reviewed district records and state budgets for the nation’s five largest metro areas (Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Houston), and in the District of Columbia to compare real versus stated costs. Their analysis revealed that, on average, per-student spending in these areas is 44% higher than officially reported. Real spending per student ranges from a low of nearly $12,000 in Phoenix area schools to a high of nearly $27,000 in the New York metro area. The gap between real and stated per-pupil expenditures ranges from a low of 23% in the Chicago area to a high of 90% in the Los Angeles metro area. The study also compared public school outlays per student to local private school outlays. In the areas studied, public schools are spending 93% more than the estimated median private schools. -Education Reporter

Which all begs the question: would more money really help the public school system? Maybe the problem is to be found elsewhere.

They’re the kind of obscenity-laced schoolyard taunts that could get a student suspended.

But the target of this tirade is New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie — and the perpetrators are the state’s teachers, irate over his calls for salary freezes and funding cuts for schools.

In Facebook messages visible to the world — not to mention their students — the teachers have called Christie fat, compared him to a genocidal dictator and wished he was dead. The postings are often riddled with bad grammar and misspellings.

“Never trust a fat f…,” read one profane post on the Facebook page, “New Jersey Teachers United Against Governor Chris Christie’s Pay Freeze,” which has some 69,000 fans, many of them teachers.

“How do you spell A– hole? C-H-R-I-S C-H-R-I-S-T-I-E,” read another.

The rhetoric has become ever more heated as residents of most of the state’s school districts get ready to vote Tuesday on property tax levies that support district budgets. And while many of the postings are emotional, most aren’t personal attacks.

“I have deleted and will continue to delete commets comparing Governor Christie to genocidal maniacs,” read a recent post, complete with a typo. “He is not a genocidal maniac. He is a crappy governor.”

-The Associated Press

With teachers like these, who needs the bad influence of the television?


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