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One More Time: It's Not the Money That Improves the Public Schools

In a speech at Harvard University earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said that the poor performance of America's schools does not result from a lack of money. In his speech, which is posted at the U.S. Department of Education's website, he noted that "Between 1970 and 1995, per pupil spending shot up 75 percent. The number of students per teacher fell 25 percent. And the number of teachers with advanced degrees more than doubled." However, he added, "student achievement in the United States remained flat." He argued that in a world where corporations survive and prosper by providing their customers with more choices, we "prevent our schools from operating by this same formula for success." MassNews also reports on Secretary Paige's speech today.

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