Education Spending Made Simple: Are You Getting What You Pay For?

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What if a sports team continued to lose more and more games, even as it continued to spend more money on brand new uniforms, state-of-the-art facilities, and more coaches?

You would probably begin to wonder whether all the new spending was doing any good.

Unfortunately, a story like this plays out in America’s public school system. For decades, the federal government has poured more taxpayer dollars into schools, even as the basics like reading and math are neglected.

In this new video, The Heritage Foundation explains how more spending on education doesn’t mean better results, using the analogy of the Tigers, a local soccer team facing the problem of runaway spending with little to show for it.

Problems in America’s public schools are often attributed to lack of funding. But per-pupil education spending has tripled since the 1960s, while student performance has flatlined. Taxpayers and parents are investing more and more into a system that is failing to prepare their children for college or the workforce.

The question is, when it comes to your child’s education, are you getting what you pay for?

Rebekah Sherman is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit:

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