James V. Shuls, Ph.D.
In my Oct. 11 post, I created a chart showing how much spending on K-12 public education changed from 1992 to 2008, compared to the change in student achievement.

The Children’s Educational Alliance of Missouri took that chart and made this interesting infographic. It displays clearly that spending on education, in inflation adjusted dollars, has grown dramatically, while achievement has not.


If anyone asks, how do we improve education in Missouri? The answer cannot simply be more money. That is a method we have been trying and it has been proven that it does not work. What we need is to reinvent public education by equipping parents with options and allowing schools to be innovative.

About the Author

James Shuls
James Shuls

James V. Shuls is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Distinguished Fellow in Education Policy at the Show-Me Institute.