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Friday, January 23, 2004

The relationship (or lack thereof) between education funding and student success


There's an interesting article from the Daily Texan today on charter schools' request for higher funding. Of key interest is this quote:
The charter schools discussed at the meeting displayed exceptionally higher success rates than regular schools despite the lower available resources.

Exceptional. Now, while one might read the headline and think, "oh, those charter schools, they're after tax dollars for high-funded low-quality education, just like the public schools," that would be an incorrect assumption. What they want is money to make their mortgage payments with, after investors dropped the ball when they heard about the amount of government interference in the schools! These schools prove it: the quality of education has almost nothing to do with the amount of money you put into it. (I say "almost" because, of course, there is some relationship -- a school without money for a roof will have a hard time having classes during a thunderstorm!)

So, STOP CALLING FOR HIGHER FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDING!!! Just get more schools like these Austin charter schools, schools that will do exceptionally more with less!

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