New York has the highest per-pupil public school spending in the country, and what’s it accomplishing? A high-school graduate population that’s overwhelmingly not ready for college.
New York Post columnist Bob McManus rips into the Cuomo administration, which apparently thought a slight uptick in the graduation rate would distract the media at a recent press conference:
That is, according to the state Department of Education, only 37 of every 100 students who entered high school in 2009, and stayed long enough to graduate, learned enough by last June to do college-level academic work — or to enter the workforce in any meaningful way.
And in New York City, the ratio was one in four.
Though New York’s per-pupil spending is nearly double the national average, just shy of $20,000, where’s the money going?
New York spent $54.2 billion on primary and secondary education during the 2011-12 fiscal year — the last for which full figures are available. …
But $13,600 [of the $20,000] went to support teacher and administrator salary and benefits — leaving not a lot for equity enhancement, or for anything else that might actually boost classroom performance.