Investing more taxpayer funds in education does not produce greater student achievement. ...[P]er-student spending over the last generation (adjusted for inflation) more than doubled in Georgia, while at the same time public high school graduation rates fell. This dramatic increase in operational spending led to large decreases in class sizes, huge improvements in instructional technology and large increases in administration.
Scafidi lays out the numbers and contrast the situation in Georgia with that in comparable states:
Scafidi contends that the solution is not more money, but rather greater productivity.
...In 1990, Georgia students were 41st in national graduation rates. Billions of dollars later, we rank 49th.
By contrast, 21 states spend less than Georgia and have higher graduation rates, including three that are highly diverse like Georgia. Arizona spends $2,500 less per student, yet has a graduation rate that is 23 percentage points higher than Georgia’s.
California spends $2,000 less per student, yet has a graduation rate that is 13 percentage points higher than Georgia’s.
Texas spends almost $1,000 less per student, yet has a graduation rate that is 12 percentage points higher than Georgia’s.