Vermont continues its public school spending binge despite the lack of results

by Robert Maynard

This site has posted numerous articles pointing out that Vermont has long been at or near the top of per pupil spending on the public school system without showing the kind of results that would justify that spending.  This True North Radio article actually took a look at what works in education and what does not and came to the conclusion that simply pouring more money into the public school system has jot historically produced better educational results.  Besides the myth of small classroom sizes, another fad that has caught on with the educational establishment is universal pre-K.  This is another case where the results do not square with the claims.  True North joined the Ethan Allen Institute and the now defunct Freedom Works Vermont in pointing out that this was a costly scheme that will not deliver results.  Here are some articles highlighting our arguments from that battle:

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_12_19c_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_8_07b_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_8_07c_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_8_21d_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_9_04b_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_9_19d_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_10_03b_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_10_17b_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_10_24d_06.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_01_23b_07.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_04_17a_07.shtml

http://www.truenorthradio.com/editorials/editorial_04_24a_07.shtml

When it comes to continuing its spending binge, Vermont’s political leaders seem determined not to let something as trivial as a lack of results slow them down.  According to a recent Rutland Herald article, Vermont was the only state in the country to boost its pre-K spending.  Needless to say, a boost in results did not come with a boost in spending:

Vermont defied the national trend in declining state funding for pre-kindergarten education, but still failed to meet more than half the benchmarks for quality standards, according to a new study.

Of the 40 states that fund pre-K education, Vermont was the only state to increase spending during the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to an annual study conducted by Rutgers University for the National Institute for Early Education Research.

However, spending does not equal success, according to the study, which sets 10 benchmarks of program quality. Vermont meets only four of those benchmarks, which puts the state near the bottom of rankings of program quality, according to the study.