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Schools Need More Money and Other Education Myths

Jay Greene, head of the Department of Educaton Reform at the University of Arkansas, is author of the new book, Education Myths: What Special-Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools and Why It Isn't So. He talked about the book this week in an interview for FrontPageMag.com. While he talked about numerous myths existing in public education, the one taxpayers should be most interested in concerns the Money Myth, which says "that schools are currently horribly under-funded and would perform significantly better if only we gave them more money. When people repeat this myth they usually have little idea of how much we already spend on schools nor do they have a clear understanding of how much we have increased spending over the last several decades with virtually no improvement in school quality to show for it. We are now spending almost $10,000 per pupil in public K-12 schools each year. That is almost $500 billion, which is more than we spend on national defense – even more than the entire GDP of Russia converted into US dollars. And the amount we spend per student has doubled over the last three decades, adjusted for inflation. So, we are spending a great deal of money each year on public education, we’ve been increasing that spending for several decades, and yet student achievement has been stagnant." Enough said!