Fewer students... More teachers. That's a headline you probably won't
read in the New York Times: Latest census data shows fewer students,
but more teachers, and increased spending for public K-12 education.
Government education -- I shouldn't call it public.
The facts are so counter to the popular narrative put forth by the
education Blob that they are hard to believe, but the latest Census
Bureau report out this week makes the fact clear.
My state, New York, tops the spending list at over $18,000 per pupil. At that price, I'd think every four kids
could have their own private teacher! Maybe that's what the Blob is
moving toward-- the Census Bureau also reports that there are 157,000
FEWER students in the system, but 81,000 MORE teachers. And despite the
recession and cries of desperation from teachers' unions, teacher pay is
up by 2.3%.
The Education Intelligence Agency blog comments: "It's an odd enterprise that reacts to fewer clients by hiring more employees."
But it's generous to call the Blob an "enterprise" - it's a monopoly with a captive audience.