I am astounded when I read, as I did this morning in Sacramento Bee’s coverage of our state’s huge budget gap, these kinds of quotes:
Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, questioned the focus on funding levels.
“California needs to get more education bang for the buck, it doesn’t need more dollars into education,” he said.
I thought I’d pull together a very short list of articles that could refute this type of thinking, and am interested in hearing other suggestions, too.
Here is my short list of The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools:
Does Money Matter in School Reform? by Walt Gardner at Education Week
If money doesn’t matter… at School Finance 101
When schools have money…, also at School Finance 101
The relationship between education spending and test scores is an important piece.
More Flunkin’ out from Flunkout Nation (and junk graph of the week!) is from School Finance 101.
Inexcusable Inequalities! This is NOT the post funding equity era! is from School Finance 101.
Time to Throw Money at the Problem is by David B. Cohen.
In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich is from The New York Times.
The Dirty, Little Secret in America’s Education Wars? Money Matters is by Jeff Bryant.
Does Money Matter? Is School Funding Fair? is from Ed Week.
When public schools get more money, students do better is a Washington Post article about a new study I’ve previously discussed.
Is Improving Schools All About Money? is from The New York Times.
Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings is from Education Next.
Inequitable school funding called ‘one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time’ is from The Washington Post.
Money Does Matter After All appeared in Education Next.
The Truth About School Funding is an excellent post by Ben Spielberg.
New Report: Does Money Matter in Education? Second Edition is from The Shanker Institute.
More Money Really Does Make Schools Better appeared in Bloomberg View.
“Throwing money at the problem” may actually work in education is from The Washington Center For Equitable Growth.
School Funding Myths & Misdirects is from School Finance 101.
If anyone claims that “research shows that school spending is unrelated to improved outcomes” tell them that they are dead wrong and then show them all the papers in this overview paper https://t.co/0ZYk24FnSF https://t.co/KpuAnqkw3K
— C. Kirabo Jackson (@KiraboJackson) December 9, 2018
Education spending & student learning outcomes https://t.co/OvCbMslAEu
In my new blog post, I summarize an exciting new review by @KiraboJackson on spending and learning in the USA. I add reflections on how these findings might apply in low- and middle-income contexts. pic.twitter.com/2dKSrOuO3x
— David Evans (@DaveEvansPhD) January 17, 2019
Student Outcomes: Does More Money Really Matter? is from Ed Week.
Beyond Spending Levels: Revenue Uncertainty and the Performance of Local Governments∗ is a new study that finds even questions about future school revenues negatively impacts student outcomes, even if the cuts don’t actually materialize.
.@KiraboJackson says that research revealed, “A 10% increase in school spending leads to a 2.6% decrease point in the likelihood of adult poverty. For children from low-income families, this decrease is 6.2 percentage points.”
— School of Public Affairs (@AU_SPA) November 12, 2020
On average, a $1000 increase in per-pupil public school spending increases test scores by 0.044 SD, high-school graduation by 2.1 percentage points, and college-going by 3.9 percentage points, from @KiraboJackson and @c_mackevicius https://t.co/E5OYX0izMg pic.twitter.com/jsAtQXwrG3
— NBER (@nberpubs) March 7, 2021
Additional suggestions are always welcome.
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