More spend­ing, bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Ken­neth DeBacker,

“In­equity of Colo. school fund­ing,” Dec. 2 let­ter to the ed­i­tor.

Let­ter-writer John Con­lin claims that “There has never been found any cor­re­la­tion be­tween in­creased school spend­ing and im­proved ed­u­ca­tional out­comes.”

Wash­ing­ton Post re­porter Max Ehren­fre­und writes that the most re­cent re­search shows that in­creased school spend­ing does re­sult in bet­ter out­comes for stu­dents. A study by North­west­ern and UC-Berke­ley re­searchers showed that ev­ery 10 per­cent in­crease in spend­ing re­sults in a 9.5 per­cent in­crease in earn­ings as an adult. The sur­vey was over decades and sam­ple size was ap­prox­i­mately 15,000 stu­dents in mul­ti­ple states.

A stu­dent at Martin Luther King Jr. Early Col­lege school in Den­ver raises his hand.

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