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Tuesday, 04 December 2007

Eden Prairie High School is ranked 12 out of 454 public High Schools in the State.

Interestingly, the school I graduated from is 112th.

Here’s an excellent resource for funding information on a state-by-state basis.

Here’s some quotes from the above link:

Minnesota rankings on per pupil expenditures, FY 2005:

  • 23rd Total per pupil expenditures
  • 15th Per pupil instruction and instruction-related expenditures
    (Includes salaries and benefits for teachers, teaching assistants, librarians and library aides, in-service teacher trainers, curriculum development, student assessment, technology, and supplies and purchased services related to these activities.)
  • 4th Per pupil percent instruction and instruction-related at 69.54%
    (This is the 70% solution figure)
  • 48th Per pupil student support services
    (Includes attendance and social work, guidance, health, psychological services, speech pathology, audiology, and other student support services.)
  • 33rd Per pupil expenditures for administration
  • 22nd Per pupil operating expenditures

 

And yet there is a constant hue-and-cry that we spend WAY TOO MUCH for education in Minnesota.

There is a sense that we are somehow particularly over-burdoned…and yet..

October 2004 (updated) - According to How Does Minnesota Compare?, Minnesota Center for Public Finance Research/Minnesota Taxpayers Association:

  • Minnesota is 8th in the nation in earning power and 27th in the nation in education funding. (2002).  In 1996 we were 5th, in 1997-14th, 1998-18th, 1999-18th, 2000-21st.

Yet Minnesota has pretty high achievement in education.

  • Minnesota ranks first in the nation for having the highest proportion of both 4th and 8th graders scoring at the highest two levels in math. The proportion of Minnesota 8th graders who scored at the highest levels in math increased by 74% between 1990 and 2000. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • Minnesota ranks among the best – 4th out of 50 states – in the proportion of high school graduates with scores in the top 20% nationally on either ACT or SAT exams. (National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2002)
  • Minnesota public schools teachers are the most qualified teachers in the country. They rank 1st out of 50 states, based on 12 indicators of teacher qualification. (National Commission on Teaching and America's Future)

 

 

What’s our secret?  Well, this might have something to do with it:

  • Minnesota has the highest proportion of crumbling roofs of all states in the nation (62%). Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Minnesota schools have a building that needs extensive repair or should be replaced.  (American Society of Civil Engineers)

 

Still, we have a constant “grass-roots” public pressure to CUT public spending on education.

Is it any wonder that administrators that can manage funding increases for their districts? can command a higher level of compensation?

I recall one caller I talked to when I was volunteering to call and educate people on the need to finally pass a bond referendum to address deferred maintenance on the schools.  He insisted (and by insisted I mean yelled into the phone) that the only way to solve Eden Prairie’s funding crisis was to close half the schools in the district and issue vouchers.  Why would you do that to one of the most successful districts in the State, in one of the most successful states in the nation?

I ended the call when he screamed at me that I was “uneducated” and “blind to what’s really going on.”

Sigh.

Tuesday, 04 December 2007 10:20:39 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
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