Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lies, Damned Lies, and Educators' Statistics

To the surprise of no one, the Education Establishment is crying wolf.

Too bad that their "survey" has a few obvious flaws, eh?

...according to WASDA’s own data the median student to teacher ratio in Wisconsin is 13.5 to 1. To put that in perspective, the national student to teacher ratio this year is 15.5 to one.

Strike One.

...according to WASDA’s own data 60% of districts have class sizes that are staying the same or getting smaller. In addition, WASDA’s data shows that new hires outnumber layoffs and non-renewals by 1,213 positions

Strike Two.

And the biggest layoffs happened in districts which are still governed by teachers' unions:  Milwaukee, Janesville, and Kenosha.

That's Strike Three.

As a reminder, in 2003, the total cost/student was $11,218. in Milwaukee Public Schools.

In 2010, it was $14,674/student--that's a thirty percent increase in only seven years.

(Figures from WI DPI )

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Amazing ain't it....the group that reports to boards and stands to (and has) benefited from reforms still wears the blindfold.

District Administrator's are supposed to be the board's agents not obstructors and too many times that is the case.

This is also an informative opinion piece...