Little Green Schoolhouse

The Story

Public school advocates are in agreement that the state’s schools need more money. More funding equals better schools, the thinking goes, and New York’s schools have been starved for funding. But what if funding is not really the issue–and that the real problems with education in New York State lie elsewhere?  

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Most: New York State spends more per student than any other state; its per-student expenditures are almost double the national average. Read more.

  2. Salary: Teachers in New York earn the highest average salaries in the nation while instructing a relatively small number of students, compared with their counterparts in other states. Read more.

  3. Average: New York State students perform at or below average across a range of ages and subjects. Read more.

“Empirical research finds that teacher quality is the single most important educational input within a school's control.”

Marcus Winters, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

School Funding Doesn't Add Up By Marcus A. Winters (March 2009)

“Though $53.6 billion in ‘stabilization’ funds has dramatically softened the blow, several states and public school districts still need to cut teacher payrolls to make ends meet.”

Exclusive Release

Yesterday, we released an infographic that compares two strategies
to serve NYC’s most disadvantaged students:
Renewal Schools and Success Academy Schools
The results are striking.


And in other news...

“State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is calmly ringing alarm bells about the New York economy and budget outlook.”