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ERIC Number: EJ902664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
The Price of a Good Education
Schachter, Ron
District Administration, v46 n9 p39-40, 42, 51-52 Oct 2010
There are plenty of statistics available for measuring the performance, potential and problems of school districts, from standardized test scores to the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Last June, another metric came into sharper focus when the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest state-by-state data on per-pupil expenditures. While the Census Bureau report, which covers the 2007-2008 school year, calculated the national average of per-pupil expenditures at $10,259, it also revealed a widening gulf between individual states. The funding gulfs highlighted in the report raised not just eyebrows but also questions about what well-heeled states are getting for their educational investments and how the have-nots are making do with their limited funds. To hear the superintendents of the largest districts in New York and Utah tell it, they're trying to make the most of the monies they receive. The districts in both states are showing improvements in struggling schools, branching out into innovative programs, and seeing widespread success on AP exams. New York and Utah superintendents alike have faced budget crunches in recent years that have caused them to come up with creative ways to make their money go farther. The large districts in New York have used their advantage in per-student funding to meet the price of educating a diverse and economically poor student body. While the superintendents in Rochester, Yonkers, and Buffalo have had to trim expenses in the still-tough economy, they could learn something from their Utah counterparts in making education dollars go further.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York; Utah