Tuesday, April 7, 2009

UC Berkeley Prof: Spend Wiser on Education

By Kathleen Richards
Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Despite huge spending increases on education in the last few decades, student achievement hasn't risen accordingly. So says UC Berkeley professor W. Norton Grubb in his new book The Money Myth: School Resources, Outcomes, and Equity. Instead of spending more money, says the education professor in a recent feature in the LA Times, we should look at which expenditures actually improve education and which ones don't.

Instead of just focusing on reducing class size, says Grubb, schools should also focus on training teachers better. Says Grubb: "We spent a lot of money in California on class-size reduction, and the evaluation that was undertaken showed no increases in test scores on average, because what happened is that the districts had to lower the quality of teachers to get more of them, particularly in urban schools."


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