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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

On the Bright Side, at Least We're Getting Our Money's Worth Out of Washington's Public Schools...

Posted by on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

At only 76 percent, Washington State's high school graduation rate ranks 32nd nationwide, according to new statistics released by the US Department of Education. And you know where else Washington ranks 32nd? Total state K-12 spending. Imagine that.

Hooray! Taxpayers are getting exactly what we pay for!

 

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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1

So you favor an asset tax then?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on November 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Goldy 2
@1 Absolutely. I don't know why you keep asking me that. You're really just talking about an intangible property tax, which would be totally constitutional.
Posted by Goldy on November 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 3
Or we could throw out the Eyman trash and the completely moronic, stupid, idiotic, and deranged manner in which we vote for education funding, which is a backward and stupid quirk to only certain states where libertarian prions have given the local culture the equivalent of political mad cow disease over the years.

We're a representative democracy. Elect people to raise taxes on education funding to the level that the majority of the people like. If we decide they're getting out of hand we replace those officials. If this means 45% of the Washington population (read: red counties) are unhappy, they have recourse: convince more people to vote 'red' and you can have your way.

Welcome to how America is meant to be.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://www.zombo.com on November 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4
#2

Ok, so then since we all agree, let's get together and push for the adoption of HB-2100 sponsored by Bob Hasegawa.

Why isn't this front page...I hear the same arguments over and over again, but when a real solution is proposed, HB2100 it gets buried...
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on November 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Unregistered User 5
I'm all for funding schools properly, but this is not a good road to go down. If you use the graduation percentage numbers from that new release

(http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/st…)

and you compare with the funding values in the pdf you provide, these are the plots you get for rank in funding vs. graduation percentage:

without names:
http://oi47.tinypic.com/15y9qiv.jpg

with names:
http://oi47.tinypic.com/24zk9k6.jpg

If you use, say, spearman's rank correlation coefficient to assess the significance of a correlation between rank in funding and graduation percentage, the correlation appears to be insignificant at this level. My eye wants to find a correlation in those plots, but the scatter and confounding factors are too many I think.
Posted by Unregistered User on November 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM · Report this
Unregistered User 6
I think it is safe to say that the scatter decreases with increased funding, except for AK and DC.
Posted by Unregistered User on November 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM · Report this

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