Tuesday, December 13, 2011

David Sirota on Spending More Money On Schools As Usual

Oregon City School District considers contracting out bus services

U.S. education: Money remains the deciding factor (David Sirota/Oregonian)

This is the same Sirota who said don't attack my favorite religion, but oh my gosh we're being invaded the real enemy the !@#$% Chinese!!!!

He's got the same old thesis that if only we spent tons of money on schools for poor kids, they would perform just as well as rich kids, but if that's the case, why isn't there a single instance where this strategy as EVER DELIVERED??? IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED.

The day students get the same scores is the day everybody makes the same income, and that's A BAD IDEA.

Now, at year's end, we've learned from two studies just how powerful economics are in education outcomes and how disadvantaged kids are being unduly punished by government policy.

The first report, from Stanford University, showed that with a rising "income achievement gap," a family's economic situation is a bigger determinative force in a child's academic performance than any other major demographic factor. For poor kids, that means the intensifying hardships of poverty are now creating massive obstacles to academic progress.

Because of this reality, schools in destitute areas naturally require more resources than those in rich ones so as to help impoverished kids overcome comparatively steep odds. Yet, according to the second report from the U.S. Department of Education, "many high-poverty schools receive less than their fair share of state and local funding." As if purposely embodying the old adage about adding insult to injury, the financing scheme "leav(es) students in high-poverty schools with fewer resources than schools attended by their wealthier peers." In practice, that equals less funding to recruit teachers, upgrade classrooms, reduce class sizes and sustain all the other basics of a good education.

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