More School Funding for More Ignorance?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

While teachers strike and protest for more school funding, students continue to do badly even as spending keeps rising.

A study was recently released that shows, as school funding grew, student test scores failed to show improvement. So why should we be motivated to shell out another billion dollars, as teachers are demanding in Arizona?

Perhaps it is time we all acknowledge that the public school system’s relationship to education is like the relationship of Obamacare to medicine. Government makes things cost more and lowers their quality!

The Washington Times reports, “Teacher walkouts come with stagnant test scores, most students below proficiency.

Arizona teachers demanding another $1 billion in school funding have argued that their ongoing four-day walkout is “for the kids,” but don’t expect the pay hike to stoke student achievement.

Lost in the hubbub over this year’s high-profile K-12 walkouts was the release last month of a comprehensive 2016-17 study showing that student test scores continue to stagnate even though education spending has climbed for decades.

The Nation’s Report Card, a study released every two years by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, found most students below proficiency in math and reading in keeping with what the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Michael J. Petrilli described as a “lost decade” of educational progress.

The Education Department released a graph showing that fourth-grade reading scores virtually unchanged since 1990 even as per-pupil spending in constant dollars rose during that time from about $8,800 per pupil to nearly $12,000.

“The Nation’s Report Card shows that test scores continue to stagnate,” said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after the April 10 release of the report. “This is not something we’re going to spend our way out of and not something we’re going to regulate out way out of.”

Hundreds of Arizona schools were closed again Tuesday, keeping about 840,000 students out of class as thousands of teachers […] rallied at the state capital in Phoenix.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has offered a 20 percent pay increase for teachers by 2020, as well as $100 million for new textbooks, building improvements and salaries for support staff, which would increase to $371 million over five years.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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