Monday, June 13, 2005

I give more to my neighbors 

Craig Depken draws some simple graphs to show spending per student is higher when local school districts are the ones doing the spending.
It seems that federal spending is less of a problem where spending per-pupil is relatively high already. The graph above likely puts the causation in the wrong direction: states with low local/state spending per-pupil rely moreso on government money, to include lunch programs, etc. Perhaps the federal government should stay out of the primary/secondary education business, I definitely have some sympathy for that view, but let's not argue about the money - let's argue about the strings.