Friday, September 19, 2014
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More fun with school district #s

Since the chart below has both the total budget for four school districts and the number of enrolled students, we thought we'd do some quick division and find the per-pupil-expenditures of each. Here we go: - Philadelphia: $16,161 - New York City: $19,909 - Chicago: $12,927 - Boston: $14,589

More fun with school district #s

Since the chart below has both the total budget for four school districts and the number of enrolled students, we thought we'd do some quick division and find the per-pupil-expenditures of each. Here we go:

  • Philadelphia: $16,161
  • New York City: $19,909
  • Chicago: $12,927
  • Boston: $14,589

We're not sure that this changes the case Phil Goldsmith makes about administrator compensation one way or the other -- for these numbers to mean a lot, we think you'd have to consider them in the context of student outcomes, which is beyond the scope of this here blog post. But it's a number worth keeping in mind.

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