There was a great editorial in the Tri-Valley Herald today about spending in the schools. They were talking about a new study by the National Center on Education and the Economy.
Items of note:
THE UNITED States spends more per student than all but a couple of small European nations and has been trying to raise its schools' relatively low academic performance for many years. Yet for all our many efforts to improve K-12 education, student achievement has stagnated for more than a decade.
The national study found that expensive programs often have little effect on learning. It rightly criticized California's attempt to improve student performance with smaller K-3 class sizes, saying that "decreasing class size is among the most expensive and least effective" reforms.
It seems our district is using emotions to sell classroom size reduction to the community while the data shows it to be the most expensive and least effective reform.