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    depends where the money goes.

    You cannot look at average per pupil spending, because that is deceptive.

    How much goes for special ed, which is often much more expensive in inner city schools because of things like kids brain-damaged from lead-based paint, or insufficient nutrition damaging brain development?  If a system lacks the capability of meeting the needs of such children, under federal law they must pay for private placements often at far more than 30K per student.  In DC this has been one of the major cost loads on the system.

    You also cannot expect districts without a tax base to spend money they don't have.  That was one reason for the Federal government getting involved back in the 1960s.

    You also have the problem that tax rates are voted on by citizens.  What if you have a large chunk of population which does not have kids in public schools -  for religious reasons, or because they no longer have children of school age - and they refuse to pay taxes for something they have been convinced is not of benefit to them.  What then happens to the children of families for whom the only option is a public school?

    You over simplify, you rely far too much upon your own understanding of your own experience.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 09:45:14 AM PDT

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      You over simplify, you rely far too much upon your own understanding of your own experience.

      And you don't?  And others don't in this thread?  Oh but since they agree with you, it must be universal.  We've been down this road before, lol.  About ten comments in, I can count on you to try and paint me as some subjective person lacking the ability to read and reasearch issues.  Wow.  Not everyone is going to share your opinion.  Fact.

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