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Sat Feb 27, 2016, 04:30 AM

How Do You Fix Schools? Maybe Just Give Them More Money.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/02/23/studies_find_that_giving_schools_more_money_helps_students_how_bout_that.html

Modern education reformers often repeat the idea that simply throwing more money at public schools isn’t enough to improve them. As Eric Hanushek, an economist at Stanford's conservative Hoover Institution who’s done a great deal of academic writing on the subject, puts it, “We know that there's not much relationship between spending and performance.” Rather than funnel more dollars to public education, the thinking goes, we need to change how funding gets used (which, in the minds of many, means strict standards enforced by a boatload of testing, plus weaker teachers unions).

But what if simply throwing more money at schools actually is a reasonable approach? A couple of interesting recent studies suggest it might be. Both look at what’s happened to school districts following court decisions that forced states to increase their funding. The most recent, a working paper from economists at the University of California–Berkeley and Northwestern University, finds that in the wake of such judicial decisions, test scores gradually improved for pupils in low-income districts, both in absolute terms and relative to their peers in wealthier districts. The improvements in student achievement were fairly large and, according to some of their calculations, pretty cost-effective.

“Our results thus show that money can and does matter in education,” authors Julien Lafortune, Jesse Rothstein, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach write. “School finance reforms are blunt tools, and some critics ... have argued that they will be offset by changes in district or voter choices over tax rates or that funds will be spent so inefficiently as to be wasted. Our results do not support these claims. Courts and legislatures can evidently force improvements in school quality for students in low-income districts.”
















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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 07:28 AM

1. In my city the worst schools are the most funded

 

The school that spends the least per student statewide is a great school that ranks in the top 20 schools statewide.

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Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:36 AM

2. Well, no one's ever really TRIED it ... except in upper class neighborhoods, where it works. nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 1, 2016, 11:04 PM

3. It was tried in the Kansas City school district in the mid 80s. Didn't work.

New buildings, new labs, new books, new teachers new musical instruments. Not the only answer.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 03:54 PM

4. My personal thoughts……

 

I think the good school doesn't mean throw more money, but the good education does matter. Good buildings, good labs, good musical instruments are not very important.

When I was in senior high school, my school doesn't cost much, but there are good fractional number. My friends' school spends more money. Regrettably, education is not very good, so the results are not good.

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