The response of the public school teachers' union bosses hasn't changed for more than one century: "We need more $$$s."
Well, in fact, state and local costs for public education in the United States in 2012 were $869.2B. And that figure excludes the federal $$$s paid to state and local governments for schools.
So, what's the "bang" for all of those bucks?
The folks over a WalletHub have an answer, having compiled a list of 90 of the nation's cities with the most and least efficient spending on education. They compared standardized test scores for students in 4th-8th grades with per capita spending, then adjusted for socioeconomic factors.
Which cities get the best return on their educational investment?
- Miami, Florida, had the highest return on investment score. Its test scores ranked 47th out of 90, but its per capita education expenditures were the 8th lowest.
- Grand Rapids, Michigan, was second. Its test scores took 10th place but its education expenditures were 9th lowest.
- Corpus Christi, Texas, had the highest standardized test scores. However, it ranked 41st for per capita student spending, ranking it 11th for its return on investment.
The cities get worst return on their educational investment?
- Although San Francisco had the lowest per capita spending ($980/student) and its test scores ranked 71st. Overall: 51st for return on investment.
- Buffalo, New York, spent the most per student ($3,409). Its high spending combined with poor test scores (70th) ranked Buffalo 87th for return on investment.
- Rochester, New York, had the worst standardized test scores and the 2nd highest per capita spending ($3,176).
Always remember: There's no such thing as a "free" public education. In fact, public education in 90 of the nation's cities costs taxpayers big time, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau finance data.
Even though state and local governments are operating on tighter budgets, real spending per student has real spending per student has increased 90% during the past 3 decades (100% during the past 5 decades) while student achievement has remained unchanged.
More $$$s invested has not delivered, does not deliver, and will not deliver on the public school teachers' union bosses promises.
Let the discussion begin...
To examine the WalletHub data, click on thefollowing link:
"2015's Cities with the Most & Least Efficient Spending on Education."