Ex­pert: Per-pupil money not help­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

An ex­pert has tes­ti­fied that in­creas­ing the amount Texas spends per pub­lic-school pupil hasn’t trans­lated to higher stan­dard­ized test scores.

Univer­sity of Mis­souri econ­o­mist Michael Podgursky tes­ti­fied Wed­nes­day dur­ing the state’s school fi­nance trial.

He said he had per­formed stud­ies re­fut­ing claims that “if you spend a cer­tain amount of money, you can pre­dict that there will be a cer­tain level of im­prove­ment in stu­dent achieve­ment.”

Podgursky said he looked at stan­dard­ized test­ing across Texas and found greater vari­a­tion among scores within school dis­tricts than be­tween dis­tricts.

More than 600 Texas

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