Emotional and often heated debates over how to fund government-run schools are now underway in the Alaska Legislature. While left-leaning lawmakers consistently assert that Alaska’s dismal student academic achievement is related to lack of funding, there is amble evidence to suggest that more money is not the golden goose that most left-leaning politicians and educators claim it to be.
The Alaska Policy Forum, a nonpartisan think tank in Anchorage, has written extensively about Alaska’s educational landscape, noting that despite high expenditures on public schooling, students consistently rank near the bottom of academic achievement in nationwide scoring.
A new information chart by APF (see below) breaks down the state’s historical educational expenditures, while factoring in inflation and student outcomes. These 10 facts suggest that simply sending more money to school districts is an expensive and failed strategy.
10 FACTS ABOUT ALASKA’S EDUCATIONAL LANDSCAPE