Mayor of city that spends $22K per student on education: We should spend more on education

https://twitter.com/CoryBooker/status/270352998033682433

Booker is the Twitter-savvy mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Newark public schools spend an average of more than $22,000 on each student pre year — twice the national average.

The results leave a lot to be desired.

Booker is a savvy politician, so he is sure to add the caveat that more money is “necessary but not sufficient.”

https://twitter.com/CoryBooker/status/270355469384679425

He also acknowledges that some education money is wasted:

https://twitter.com/CoryBooker/status/270355850227482624

Fine. But is more spending really essential, as Booker claims? Many countries get better educational results than the U.S. with lower levels of spending.

We happen to think that poor performance in many U.S. school districts has less to do with lack of resources than with entrenched public teacher unions that reward sloth and incompetence.

Maybe students in Newark’s schools would be better off if they were given an annual private school voucher of, say, $15,000 each.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Yes, because public school is an awesome idea to begin with! >.<

    Doesn't Obama send his girls to private school?

    • Let’em Crash

      That is one solution. Relieve the public schools of the hopelessly indoctrinated at the expense of liberal parents.

    • Let’em Crash

      That is one solution. Relieve the public schools of the hopelessly indoctrinated at the expense of liberal parents.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Yes, because public school is an awesome idea to begin with! >.<

    Doesn't Obama send his girls to private school?

  • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

    You know, maybe if they went back to teaching the Three R’s, and with no liberal progressive angle, they’d get better results. For less money too, I’d wager.

    • Peyton

      Any time you take Liberal out of the equation, it’s sure to save money.

      • Noddy Theelf

        The privatization of public schools is already falling apart in Florida and others as profits for investors heavily outweigh concern for the education of the students.

    • Peyton

      Any time you take Liberal out of the equation, it’s sure to save money.

    • Turning Leaves

      Can’t do it. No “R”s allowed in education.

  • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

    You know, maybe if they went back to teaching the Three R’s, and with no liberal progressive angle, they’d get better results. For less money too, I’d wager.

  • carla5731

    Why don’t you just “demand results” now instead of waiting until you dump more money into a broken machine?

    • Peyton

      Because one is much easier and it allows him to convince liberals that he’s for improved schools without actually doing anything.

    • Peyton

      Because one is much easier and it allows him to convince liberals that he’s for improved schools without actually doing anything.

  • carla5731

    Why don’t you just “demand results” now instead of waiting until you dump more money into a broken machine?

  • linnicy

    Get rid of teacher unions. They correlate with the degradation of the schools. But of course you can’t get rid of teacher unions because they elect the politicians. Oh,my.

    In Northwestern University(IL) a couple of weeks ago, they held the regional Communist Party meeting there.(EGADS!) and guess who was there? The VP of Chicago Teacher’s Union, who came out and protested school closings with an ACORN-like group. So the schools are in the pockets of the commies and America is SLEEPING ON THIS.

  • linnicy

    Get rid of teacher unions. They correlate with the degradation of the schools. But of course you can’t get rid of teacher unions because they elect the politicians. Oh,my.

    In Northwestern University(IL) a couple of weeks ago, they held the regional Communist Party meeting there.(EGADS!) and guess who was there? The VP of Chicago Teacher’s Union, who came out and protested school closings with an ACORN-like group. So the schools are in the pockets of the commies and America is SLEEPING ON THIS.

  • goat10000

    I note that leftists always refrain from giving a number. How much is enough? $25K/yr, $35k/yr, $50k/yr? Maybe $100k/yr?

    Kind of like the minimum wage…if $10/hr is good, wouldn’t $100/hr be better?

    They don’t like to talk numbers, because it exposes how ludicrous their ideas really are.

  • goat10000

    I note that leftists always refrain from giving a number. How much is enough? $25K/yr, $35k/yr, $50k/yr? Maybe $100k/yr?

    Kind of like the minimum wage…if $10/hr is good, wouldn’t $100/hr be better?

    They don’t like to talk numbers, because it exposes how ludicrous their ideas really are.

  • yviemarie88

    Somebody please take his “there is much money wasted in Ed” comment and run with it! If you only knew…

  • yviemarie88

    Somebody please take his “there is much money wasted in Ed” comment and run with it! If you only knew…

  • medicinewomantwo

    So he wants to open street schools, since a large % are out in the street.

  • medicinewomantwo

    So he wants to open street schools, since a large % are out in the street.

  • Jack Deth

    The reason that education costs so much and accomplishes so little is because education and its funding in cities, municipalities and states have become so large that they are seen as Cash Cows for politicians and unions to fleece at a moment’s notice. Though especially at election time.

    Busing in out of state voters. GOTV scut work, phone banks, knocking on doors and the like drain those funds suddenly. Hence the sudden chicness of Casinos. Which will soon dwarf whatever fraction of state lotteries now bring to the table.

    Yet, don’t expect any whirlwind change in the quality any time soon. To the contrary, expect standards to be racially lowered and dumbed down, so as not to offend anyone. While taxes skyrocket.

  • Jack Deth

    The reason that education costs so much and accomplishes so little is because education and its funding in cities, municipalities and states have become so large that they are seen as Cash Cows for politicians and unions to fleece at a moment’s notice. Though especially at election time.

    Busing in out of state voters. GOTV scut work, phone banks, knocking on doors and the like drain those funds suddenly. Hence the sudden chicness of Casinos. Which will soon dwarf whatever fraction of state lotteries now bring to the table.

    Yet, don’t expect any whirlwind change in the quality any time soon. To the contrary, expect standards to be racially lowered and dumbed down, so as not to offend anyone. While taxes skyrocket.

  • pairadimes

    “One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

  • pairadimes

    “One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

  • http://www.facebook.com/jibreelx JKR

    let the goobers be goobers as they have not the slightest idea what they are talking about. Why do you people even care, you don’t live in Newark?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jibreelx JKR

    let the goobers be goobers as they have not the slightest idea what they are talking about. Why do you people even care, you don’t live in Newark?

  • Jason

    Fine. What’s he gong to cut, to make up the difference?

    At some point, you need to realize the kids today are not the same as they were 10-20 years back. Many are idiots. Some because of bad parenting. Some because of idiotic school programs and horrible teachers.

    • TwitWit

      He wants to cut prisons. I’m Not joking.

      • Noddy Theelf

        Even in red states like Texas and Louisiana they are closing doors on ridiculous small town prisons opened during 90’s because prisons were the only way these conservative rednecks knew how to make money. They are eliminating mandatory sentences for non-violent drug poss. which magically cuts down a third of inmates.

        • TwitWit

          SUCCESS! no more hungry kids in ridiculous small towns- per Noddy Theelf

  • TwitWit

    Hey TWITCHY you guys missed the challenge mayor Booker proposed to me last night in that series of tweets. Are you shunning me?

  • my preciousss!!

    average tuition for k-12 private schools is around $10k (+/-). less than his budget per student. what a terrible waste!

  • Lienathan

    Only a government official ‘invests’ more money in a failing enterprise without demanding results for the amount of money already being spent.
    To *admit* “there is much money wasted” in education and then say ‘well we just need more money’ ought to get a politician *laughed at* but he’ll be applauded for his sensitivity and compassion, I’m sure.
    How about you work on eliminating the waste (since you seem to know it’s there), and demand results for the money that’s already in the system, Booker? That too much to ask?
    As far as I’m concerned, better to hand that $22K to the parents as a tuition voucher and let them pick a private school. Far beyond time to introduce some competition to the teachers unions.

  • http://twitter.com/toddhackett57 Todd Hackett

    Throwing money at the problem is not the answer. Changing severe cultural issues ingrained into the minds of inner-city youth is the solution. Bill Cosby, Dr. of Edu, said as much and got shellacked by people who think like Booker.

    • Noddy Theelf

      Even a democrat like me can agree with that. Ethics needs to become a staple of all school curriculums. Of course that includes the Chicago School of Economics and many college business and finance programs.

  • http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/ Libertyship46

    I wonder if the Teacher’s union in New Jersey considers the Newark public school system a success? At $22,000 PER student, they’d better, even though most of those kids probably drop out of school and get into trouble with the law. Hmmm, but we can’t ever seem to blame the parents in this, now can we? Sure, we need MORE government programs. Never blame the parents.

  • http://twitter.com/KALKAM71 KALKAM

    Teacher’s union taught you your place huh Cory?

    Don’t feel like such a failure, they make most Dems their bitch.