Over the past forty years, public school employment has risen 10 times faster than enrollment. There are only 9 percent more students today, but nearly twice as many public school employees.
Does rolling back the number of public school employees endanger student achievement? Coulson shows how – despite dramatic increases in the number of public school employees and the cost of a public school education (Since 1980,the cost has doubled from $75,000 to $150,000) – the percent change in achievement of 17 year-olds has remained essentially flat.
If we really cared about student achievement, we’d reduce the number of public school jobs and concentrate on factors truly boost student achievement.
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