More to come from RIPEC on this subject. But with regard to dollars spent, the numbers do not lie. From today’s ProJo.
Although Rhode Island and Massachusetts spend about the same on public education per student, Bay State students continue to outperform those here, despite recent reforms in Rhode Island.
By one measure, Rhode Island teachers have the highest salaries in the country. But student achievement here is at best average.
It is now clear that while throwing money at education budgets may have helped lots of local officials around the state get in good with teachers unions (and contributed significantly to higher property taxes), it has not boosted student achievement.