Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Cost of Public Education Keeps Rising

The article and graph speaks for volumes. -- Jim

From the Thomas B. Fordham Institute:

Facing the Future: Financing Productive Schools

Over the past quarter century, Ohio-following national trends-has added an average of $760 million per year to K-12 education. In no year has a funding increase been less than $376 million (see
here). In ten years, Ohio has seen its average per-pupil expenditure, using inflation-adjusted dollars, rise 25 percent (from $7,500 in 1997 to about $10,000 in 2007, see Graph I below). In 2007, Ohio spent $16.8 billion on public education-some $1,930 for every adult living in the state.

Graph I: Inflation-adjusted Per-Pupil Revenue for K-12 Public Education in Ohio, 1981-2007

Source: Ohio Department of Education, Center for School Options and Finance, Simulation, Foundation & Analysis Unit, adjusted using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' consumer price index inflation calculator (


Anonymous said...

I went to the site you linked to and quickly found this:"Spending is calibrated to each student's needs. It costs more to educate disadvantaged, disabled, and non-English speaking youngsters. WSF allots resources accordingly;"
Which sounds a lot like "From each according to his ability to each according to his needs" So the plan is to take away taxpayers' voting rights for how much funding to give to their local schools and get the tax money a different way. We are to be taxed in a sort of State-wide manner and the money will be allocated to each child based on what some bureaucrat decides is best. And if this is done then why not do this country-wide. Dissolve the boundaries, let the Feds take over completely. The Feds already took over the tests and curricula. The Marxists are in control and the people don't have a clue.

Anonymous said...

And did anyone hear the local "news" last evening? The State Board of Ed. is parroting the Fordham Institute. Our Marxist/Communist System is moving right along. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. The days of voting Yes or No on your local school levies and taxes are numbered. "Equity" will require that you be taxed in a way that takes your choice away. And bureaucrats will decide how much of your money each particular child will receive. Bureaucrats will determine who is "disabled" and who is "poor". More money for those kids. And more for kids who don't speak English. If you object to paying for illegals in your system now, in future you'll pay even more. If your affluent schools are taxing you into the poor house now, wait until you have to make low-income people equal to your pampered darlings. How do you like Marxism, all you Zerobama voters?