Thursday, November 12, 2009

Don't let facts interfere with your rant (pt. 823)

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Probably more than any local school district, Queensbury UFSD has been in the firing line by the local Post-Star daily for its spending habits. Most recently here, in the blog of the paper's supremo Ken Tingley.

Yet the Albany Times-Union's Capitol Confidential blog provided numbers that told a very different story. It cited a report by the Education Intelligence Agency which compiled spending numbers for the 2006-07 school year.

The report showed that Queensbury (#142 on the list) spent $10,819 per pupil, which is one of the LOWEST spending rates in the state and is 32.3% BELOW the state average... despite generally having an excellent academic reputation.

The amount the distrct spent per pupil on compensation was also one of the lowest in the state and was 29.8% below the state average.

Good education (within the parameters of how it's defined in this country) for a low per-pupil cost. In any other context, this would be called efficiency. So, Post-Star, what exactly is the problem? I left this same observation on Tingley's blog but he hasn't responded, so who knows what his/their thought process is.

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