Education By The Numbers: Dollars and Sense?

Money by flickr user AMagill.

Money by flickr user AMagill.

Across the nation, state education budgets are shrinking while class sizes are growing. Unemployment is up while traditional urban school districts continue to lose students.

Join The CEA Blog as it presents a sampling of facts and figures that pertain to the education world, brought to light during this past week.

6,000,000,000:

Number of dollars that the state of California cut from education as a result of the recent economic downturn.

4,350,000,000:

Number of dollars now available to all 50 states across the nation as a part of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s “Race to the Top” fund.

15,981:

Average amount of dollars spent per pupil to educate each child in the state of New York.

9,799:

Average amount of dollars spent per pupil to educate each child in the state of Ohio.

9,666:

Average amount of dollars spent per pupil to educate each child across the nation.

1,600:

The number of applications received by the Ohio Department of Education from teachers to fill 200 open spots to participate in a group discussion about revising the Ohio Content Standards.

43:

Predicted average class size of grades eleven and twelve in Los Angeles due to aforementioned California budget cuts.

34:

Percentage of Ohio’s children who live in families where no parent had a full-time, year-round job.

33:

Percent of Washington D.C.’s students that attend a charter school.

8.3:

Percent of per-pupil spending (on a nationwide average) funded by the federal government. (H/t Mrs. Cornelius.)

0:

States (out of 42) where significant positive change was made in narrowing the achievement gap between African American and white students in grade 8.