Okay now that I'm good and pissed off after having a discussion that veered onto this subject with a friend..
Let me point out I'm getting beyond tired of having this conversation when in world rankings we're supposedly among the worst educated as far as our kids are concerned then other nations. Yet *gasp* shockingly[NOT!] we spend more than any other developed nation on EARTH, on education, per student and per capita. The highest spending in the rest of the world is Luxembourg and in "2010" dollars they spent about $15,000 per student in 2007! Here's hint...want to know what The State of New York alone spent per student in 2011? $19,076...it has almost assuredly gone up in the last 2yrs.
The District of Columbia...you know...are nations capitol? Spent just a few dollar shy of $18,500. HELL! Alaska, a state with a population of less than a million people even spent $16,674. So tell me again how throwing more money at the problem is going to fix it? Newsflash it's not. You know what most of the highest spending states almost all have in common? They are NON right to work states. That is...union states. There are a few exceptions to the rule. The following Right to Work states all spend over $10,000 per student per year.
You know what though? I'm a firm believer in the STATE being able to decide what it spends per student per year on education. By comparison my own beloved state only spent about $8600 per student for the year 2011. I suspect in the years I was in school that number was even less.
That being said...tossing more money is stuffing that money in a rathole to keep the rodents out. Won't work.
Oh as for where I'm getting my info?