July 17, 2002 | WebMemo on Education
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There are roughly 92,012 public elementary and secondary schools and 27,223 private elementary and secondary schools
Over the past 30 years, average per-pupil expenditures for K-12 have nearly doubled, from $3,367 in 1970 to $6,584 in 2000.
Total K-12 federal, state, and local spending for education, both public and private, climbed to over $420 billion for the 2000-2001 school year.
Over half of all poor students fail to reach the basic level on NAEP assessments in most subjects.
In 1998, 71 percent of students graduated on-time from high school. Just over half of minority students graduated.
In 2000, 66 percent of adults with a diploma or GED aged 25-29 had some college experience. One-third had completed a bachelor's degree or higher.
American 8th graders ranked 19th out of 38 countries on the most recent international mathematics comparison and 18th out of 38 countries in science.
On the TIMSS 1995 study, which tested 12th graders, American students were ranked 19th out of 21 countries in both math and science general knowledge.
Source: Ludger Woessman, " Why Students in Some Countries Do Better," Education Next, Summer 2001, p. 69.
38 states and the District of Columbia have enacted charter school laws. As of fall 2001, more than 2,300 charter schools nationwide were serving over half a million children
10 states have publicly sponsored private school choice programs, from vouchers to tax credits.
Decision will give poor children in failing schools the option
to attend a quality school.
Open the system to competition and diversity.
Improve education for all children.