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Why the school spending graph Betsy DeVos is sharing doesn't mean what she says it does

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Billionaire Betsy DeVos tells the nation that spending doesn’t make a difference in terms of education outcomes. For starters, says Diane Ravitch  "correlation is not the same as causation. When parents have the means to do so, they move to high-spending suburban districts, where there are beautiful, well-maintained buildings and small classes. Their kids have experienced teachers who are paid well, and up-to-date science laboratories, and the best technology. They have classes in history, civics, & government & programs in the arts. Their schools have a band, a chorus, dance, film, an orchestra, & a string quartet. They have a robotics team, a chess club, a debate team. They have a library with a real librarian. They have a school nurse, a social worker, a psychologist, & all kinds of sports activities.If urban schools were well-funded, they would have all of this. But they don’t.""

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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