Statistics That Defy Belief
Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute had to publish a correction regarding his calculation of the per-pupil spending taking place in the District of Columbia’s public schools. He had previously stated that D.C. was spending $26,555 per student. Since then, the DCPS has admitted that their enrollment numbers were inflated by four thousand students — meaning that the actual amount of money the school district spent per student is between $27,400 and $28,900.
Keep in mind that students in D.C.’s public schools routinely rank dead last in academic achievement. Also keep in mind (as Coulson noted) that students in the D.C. voucher program are being educated for no more than $7,500 each. And, three years into the voucher program, the voucher students are reading two grade levels ahead of their peers back in the traditional public schools.
So, D.C. has two significant approaches to public education, one of which is horrifically expensive and demonstrably ineffective, and the other of which is dirt cheap and shows great promise. Which one do you think is getting shut down?