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Spending more on schools doesn't equal better results in New York
Despite the fact New York State’s spends the most on education, per child, they rank in the bottom third of graduation rates nationwide.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, New York State spends $19,076 per pupil, first among any state including the District of Columbia. In return New York State graduates just 77% of their students, the agency states. Compared to other states New York is doing far less with more. Illinois, for example, is doing far more with less.
According to education statistics New York spends a total of $56 billion on education to ear the 77% graduation rate. In Illinois a total of $28 billion is spent on public school education. Illinois graduates 84% of students, the agency reports.
Compared to New York’s $19,000 bill per student, Illinois spends just $10,774 per pupil.
“That is exactly what we have been working on right is the solving the disconnect of spending more than everyone else and you don't have the performance measures,” said Governor Cuomo.
Cuomo recently put together an education reform commission, a group tasked with coming up with ways to better the public school system. One aspect they are looking into is consolidation.
In the Schenectady School District consolidation has already started. Superintendent Lawrence Spring says two of their schools recently closed and students are now going to other buildings in the district. This summer they will share services with the Niskayuna District which is just 3 miles away.
The Schenectady District is still left with 21 schools and 29 Principals and Assistant Principals to watch over them. All those positions are justified and needed in a day and age where state mandates are at an all time high, Spring said.
“The requirements for school administrators these days are tremendous,” Spring said. “When you think about what has happened with requirements for supervision of staff the amount of reporting the school district needs to do to the state education department are just very significant.”
In the 2013-2014 New York State aid will increase by $800 million dollars bring total state funding for public schools to about $23 billion.