Monday, March 9, 2009

$29K Per Pupil in DC Schools

Last week, as Cato education-policy analyst Andrew Coulson reminds us, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan referred to DC public schools as a district with “more money than God.” Coulson (working with his research assistant Elizabeth Li) calculated the spending figure for the 2008-2009 school year. It is $28,813 per pupil. In his blog post, Coulson breaks down the figures.

This dollar amount is a reminder -- as Secretary Duncan himself has acknowledged -- that it is not money per se that leads to student learning.

UPDATE On March 9, 2009, Coulson updated his post. His revised calculation for K-12 public school spending is (a still quite high) $26,555 per pupil.

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