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Published: Friday, Oct. 25 2013 10:15 a.m. MDT

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Mark from Montana
Aurora, CO

Kudos to Utah teachers for doing so well with below average funding. How well could they do if we gave them 15% more money.....or even 25% more?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Mark from Montana

"How well could they do if we gave them 15% more money.....or even 25% more?"

The evidence suggests not well. Multiple studies have shown zero correlation between school funding, teacher pay, and high student performance. Case in point: North Slope Borough District, AK, the nation's wealthiest school district (in terms of teacher pay and spending per student), also has the nation's lowest test scores and highest high school dropout rate.

However, the evidence suggests high correlation between parental involvement and high student performance. In other words, parents who care tend to have students who do well. Unless you spend that money improving parents, which I don't know how you could, it's not going to make a difference.

KG
South Jordan, UT

Yay, we're average!

But as Mark said... imagine what we could do with a little support and money.

Mark l
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Parents are the key to educating children. Parents have the most influence on how their children do in school.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Brave Sir Robin, if there is "zero" correlation between funding and performance then there shouldn't be a problem in reducing school funding to $1 per pupil or even $0 per pupil.

There is a correlation between funding and achievement but there is a point at where more funding has a negligible impact. Currently, I think Utah could use some more targeted funding that goes directly to more technology infrastructure and school materials such as text resources. Some schools could use better environmental controls such as air-conditioning/heating that actually works and creates an environment conducive to learning. Having only class sets of textbooks or class supplies is quite harmful and we could do better than that rather than erroneously believe there is not one iota of correlation between school funding and achievement.

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