Commentary on $ and k-12 outcomes

Matt Barnum

Eric Hanushek, a leading education researcher, has spent his career arguing that spending more money on schools probably won’t make them better. 

His latest research, though, suggests the opposite. 

The paper, set to be published later this year, is a new review of dozens of studies. It finds that when schools get more money, students tend to score better on tests and stay in school longer, at least according to the majority of rigorous studies on the topic


Madison, despite spending far more than most taxpayer supported k-12 systems, has long tolerated disastrous reading results.