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The School Spending Debate: What Difference Does A Dollar Make? : NPR Ed

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It's one of the loudest debates in education: whether spending more money adds up to better test scores and graduation rates.This show interviews those who say that money doesn't make a difference; what matters is how money is spent, not how much is spent. It also interviews those who say that low-income districts are inadequately funded because of property taxes. It begins like this: 'This winter, Jameria Miller would often run to her high school Spanish class, though not to get a good seat. She wanted a good blanket. 'The cold is definitely a distraction.' Her teacher provided the blankets. 'Critics of school spending like to point to the high spending in some low-income districts and say that the test scores didn't go up. What if their test scores didn't go up, but the schools were doing a better job of meeting their immediate needs as human beings?

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