A wide range of spending on schools: In Colorado, voters rejected Amendment 66 this week.
In this morning’s New York Times, Jack Healy reports the basics:
HEALY (11/7/13): Had the referendum passed, the current flat state income tax rate of 4.6 percent would have been replaced with a two-tier system. Residents with taxable incomes below $75,000 would have paid 5 percent; taxable incomes above $75,000 would have been taxed at 5.9 percent. The measure would have poured money into poor, rural school districts, expanded preschool, bought new technology and encouraged local innovations like longer school days and school years, supporters said.Should Colorado have passed that measure? We were struck by the chart which accompanied Eduardo Porter’s column this week.
But the promise of higher teacher salaries and full-day kindergarten failed to resonate with voters, even in many reliably blue corners of the state and areas where the money would have had the greatest benefit. The state voted 65 percent to 35 percent against the overhaul, known as Amendment 66.
In his regular page one Business Day column, Porter discussed the vagaries of education spending. In his chart, he showed per pupil spending for each of the fifty states in 2011.
Colorado ranked 41st, spending roughly $8500 per pupil per year. On Porter’s chart, six states are shown spending more than $15,000 per pupil. The state of New York was pushing 20 grand.
Whatever! We were struck by two states which spent a bit less than Colorado—Texas and North Carolina. On the 2011 NAEP, they were both high-scoring states, after disaggregation.
Consider Texas. In Grade 8 math that year, its white students ranked third best in the nation, close behind their peers in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Black kids in Texas trailed only Hawaii. The state’s Hispanic students also placed second, behind only Montana.
Per pupil spending can be deceptive, in part because the cost of living is different in different parts of the country. Having said that, we were struck by the rankings on Porter’s chart.
No one cares about any of this, so we’ll see no further discussion. Still and all, we were struck by that chart.
Arrival of the new NAEP scores: Who knew? Just like that, the new NAEP scores have arrived today. In Grade 8 math in 2013, Texas ranked fourth among white kids, third among black kids, third for Hispanic students.
For all NAEP data, start here.
We’re always surprised by those Texas test scores. Needless to say, there will be no further discussion.
Posturing to the side, no one cares about any of this! Conservatives like to trash Obama. We liberals enjoy dropping R-bombs.
That’s the shape of your national discourse! It doesn’t get much beyond that.
(Also, if someone cuts-and-pastes something, Rachel will be right on it!)