Monday, June 28, 2010

NY's Per Pupil Spending 67% Above National Average

  
Census Bureau statistics released today show that New York spent $17,173 per student for public education in 2007-08, more than any other state.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the governor is confused why we are $9B short with the budget this year!
Our typical answer to every problem in the state is to
1. Decide how big a wad of cash we should throw at it (just to show we are concerned)
2. Create an authority that can operate outside the legislature's oversight (we're too busy to watch EVERYTHING)
3. Refuse to set goals, targets, expectations against which we might measure success
4. Create a glossy mailing to our constituents proclaiming how well we have solved the problem, and that the public can relax
5. Decide where we can list this accomplishment in our re-election ads.
Hopefully the current budget crisis will cause our legislators and governor to decide that when it comes to spending, Less is really More.

SCATS said...

To 4:19PM ~~ And if the legislators and/or Gov. ever really "get it" I hope it trickles all the way down to local town & school district politicos.

Anonymous said...

Total budget / number of students.

I like the way that this makes it seem that this money all going directly to instruction and not administration.

Somebody told me that we should take the budget cuts and divide the total by the number of administrators and publish it. It will make people believe that admin took the hit.

Well, that's what somebody told me. It seems like a great idea. I'm going to study it more.

-A

Anonymous said...

So I have an idea: why don't we have the legislature restore more of those state aid cuts so the schools can spend even more. We wouldn't want to risk losing our first place ranking.

And just in case, don't bother giving the school districts any tools that would help them control costs. The teacher's unions might get upset and the legislature sure doesn't want that to happen. cutwould

SCATS said...

To 6:40AM ~~ Bite your tongue! If only our performance in any way matched our spending ... :(

Anonymous said...

I'm sure these statistics are in no way reflective of the ridiculously high cost of living in the down-state area. Oh, right, let's not think about that and complain some more.

SCATS said...

To 9:30AM ~~ Don't look now but the cost of living around these parts is ridiculously high already. In fact, I had a lengthy chat with a friend from the midwest over the weekend and we were comparing notes on some recurring household expenses. NY won with higher costs in every category. Don't overlook the fact that Monroe County has one of the highest property taxes in the nation.

SCATS said...

By the way, 9:30AM ~~ The national average is $10,259/pupil. For Greece Central, it's $15,539/pupil.

Anonymous said...

To 6:09 - It matters not who is getting all the money we are spending. What we have proven in NY is that we cannot just throw money at our problems. I would to like to find out how the states that are spending less per student accomplish the performance they get from their schools. I don't think we can blame our cost of living for the cost per pupil; there are lots of expensive places to live and other states seem to educate their students.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who voted for the state budget and it's spending and tax increases needs to be voted out of office this year. Period!

Anonymous said...

Don't you understand? The legislature doesn't have the backbone to say "No" to any special interest. They would rather appear to be the friend of all, with lots of money to help every need, every whim any group can come up with. Why is it that the governor is the only one in Albany who can see the non-sustainable reality of spending more than you have. It is too bad that he didn't find his spine until after last year's debacle in Albany when he caved in to the special interest and allowed the cuts he made to be restored. This year, as a lame-duck, he seems to be able to withstand the ads from the lobbies and groups who depend on the generosity of Albany for their positions and continued job security.