Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Disturbing trend: More money for education, less money in the classroom

One of the most constant demands for improving education is more money.  Teachers, politicians and even parents will say that we just need more money to "fix" education.

Byron Schlomach goes a bit deeper in Shortchanging Arizona's students:

Arizona’s Auditor General Office recently pointed out how, with each passing year, less of each education dollar gets into the classroom. This begs the question: How can school districts claim they need more money for the sake of children’s educations when they keep diverting money away from the classroom?

The Auditor General recently released a report showing that, after a long upward trend, average spending for each student in 2010 declined by 4 percent. You would think priority decision-making would dictate that the proportion of each dollar going to the classroom would rise, but it didn’t. The amount of money spent in classrooms dropped another penny from 56.9 cents to 55.9 cents of each dollar spent by taxpayers. The national average is almost 61 cents.

Think about that.  Fewer and fewer of our tax dollars are making it into the classroom.  They get diverted to all kinds of other programs.  Maybe if we cut the other problems then we'd have more money for the classrooms. 

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