New York state’s school systems deserve an F — in financial accountability.
State taxpayers spend substantially more money on education than any other state in the nation but get far less in return on their investment, according to a shocking new federal study released yesterday.
New York schools on average spent $18,126 per student in the 2008-2009 school year — tops in the nation, the Census Bureau reports.
That’s nearly $2,000 more than the $16,271 spent in neighboring New Jersey and 80 percent higher than the national average of $10,499.
But the Empire State’s four-year high-school graduation rate of 73.5 percent ranked a lowly 39th in the nation, two points below the national average, according to a separate analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics.
By comparison, Massachusetts — which spends $4,000 less per student — has an 83 percent graduation rate.
New York has doubled its per-student spending over 10 years. For five consecutive years the state has spent the most per student in the nation.
[…]One main reason for New York’s sky-high spending is it pays its teachers significantly more in salaries and benefits than any other state.
New York spent $12,524 per student to cover instructional salaries and benefits, nearly double the national average of $6,369. Even New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts spent $3,000 less per student than New York did on teacher pay and benefits.
Teacher unions are one of the main Democrat special interest groups. Teacher unions oppose being held accountable by parents. They don’t want to have their pay and benefits be conditional on producing quality educations for children. They just want to be able to collect exorbitant salaries and benefits while they indoctrinate your children with leftist politics and liberal values. They don’t care what parents want, and they don’t care about whether your children learn anything that will allow them to achieve independence and prosperity.
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