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Longer day in class, true school ‘year’ are keys to improvement, curbing brain-drain

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For fiscal year 2013, according to, New York’s state and local education budgets total an estimated $75.1 billion — fully 10.9 percent of state spending and one-third of all spending by the state’s localities combined. The most recent (2009) data provided by the U.S. Census, adding in federal assistance, averages this out to around $16,000 per New York student per year, the highest in the nation. This is a lot of money. The magnitude ...

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March 31, 2013
3:58 p.m.

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Because returns to investment in education are highest with the youngest children, it would be optimal to implement a modern schooling schedule, school for more than 49% of the days in the year, for elementary schools first, but modest gains might also be found for high schoolers in the first years of implementation.

JF, averaging school district spending is useful for aggregate comparisons, but a great disservice to the vast inequities that exist in our fractured and divisional system. These inequities are highly significant, especially because they exacerbate underlying inequalities. As Kozol is fond of asking when referring to inequities in NYS district financing, why are some babies worth two times as much as other babies?