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Summer 2007 Vol. 14. No. 4 Focus on Budget Crunch

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School spending per student in Southeastern Pennsylvania

By thenotebook on May 24, 2007 12:00 AM

Philadelphia ranks 60th of 64 districts in the region, spending $10,000 less per student than the top-spending school district and $2,100 less than the median.

Lower Merion School District$21,399 (the highest spending district)

Median spending for the area$13,205

School District of Philadelphia$11,078

Upper Darby School District$ 9,727 (the lowest spending district)

Data are total per pupil spending in 2005-06 for school districts in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Comments (11)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 9, 2012 3:15 pm

and we wonder why Philly schools are failing...

Submitted by Chris1791 (not verified) on January 13, 2013 12:01 pm
Until you address the thug culture in Philadelphia it doesn't matter if you spent $100k per student. I went to Archbishop Ryan H.S. it ONLY cost $4,000 and I would say you get hands down better education there then any public school in Philadelphia. It's the thug culture of drugs, hip-hop crap. You need to get rid of the thug teachers union too. THERE IS NO MORE MONEY. IF YOU WANT TO SPEND MORE PAY THE MONEY YOURSELF instead of asking others to pay for your 'kids'.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 9, 2012 4:01 pm

Why is this article from the summer of 2007. Can't we come up with current data?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 9, 2012 4:53 pm

Philadelphia actually spends 13,384 as of 2010 data.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 6, 2013 1:06 pm
Philadelphia has the number one performing high school in Pennsylvania and it is achieving this at half the cost of Lower Merion.
Submitted by K.R. Luebbert on January 6, 2013 1:20 pm
Yes, because unlike Lower Merion, the number one performing school in PA (Masterman) is HIGHLY selective. A student must be in roughly the top 10% of students to gain admission to Masterman. Lower Merion spends more in a very high SES community, but they must take ALL students who live in their boundaries, they do not select based on test scores, grades, etc.... like Masterman does. If Lower Merion decided to break off a small magnet high school that took only the top 10% of their students, they would probably best Masterman in PSSAs, SATs, and AP scores. Money and SES does matter.
Submitted by SAD (not verified) on August 18, 2013 12:50 pm
You are correct. All current research shows SES matter across culture, race, etc... The real problem is management of the city over the past 50 years. The classrooms in the city do not have the basics, teachers are frustrated with being some of the lowest paid in the region and spend a huge amount of their own money on basic things like toilet paper!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 6, 2013 2:30 pm
The selective argument is specious. The fact that a school is selective does not make a difference on the amount of money spent to educate the students. Whether Masterman is selective or not Phila. is still spending much less. Therefore there is more to student achievement than money spent to educate the students. Masterman students as a whole come from poorer families than those from Lower Merion. I know because I was a single parent on welfare when my son was accepted at Masterman.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2013 12:56 pm
I do agree with that, being a smart student should not be punished with less money. They should be rewarded for what they do. Masterman is a very diverse community and if they have the resources of lower Merion HS, oh how far they could go!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2013 12:56 pm
There would be no difference. Because education does not depend on money. This has been proven. Teacher's pay does not matter. This is why parochial schools have far better students even though the teachers earn less. The only difference it would make would be for the teachers who get paid more - and they already make plenty. Indeed they are overpaid.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2013 12:56 pm
If Masterman got the same money as Lower Merion there would be no difference. School teachers' salaries do not matter. There is no correlation between student achievement and school teachers' salaries.

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