School funding canard: Money isn't the answer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For all the empty rhetoric during state elections over public school funding and demands for more money, a Cato Institute analysis provides a fresh perspective on the correlation between state spending and SAT scores over the past 40 years.

And that correlation? There is none — certainly not one that suggests more money is the answer to improving student achievement.

Overall, SAT scores declined on average by 3 percent from 1972 to 2012 while inflation-adjusted per-pupil spending more than doubled, according to the report, “State Education Trends.”

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