A December 12 New York Times research article indicates the positive relationship between higher funding levels and outcomes.

During the DeRolph school funding litigation era, the state defendants often attempted to convince the court that money doesn’t make a difference in educational outcomes and opportunities. For the record, the Court didn’t buy that argument.In the real world, whether in public education or any other enterprise, of course money makes a difference. But, state defendants in school funding cases across the nation hired school finance “experts” to support the myth that the level of funding is not a factor. In some cases, “experts” even suggested that outcomes would improve if less money is spent. How disingenuous!

Public school officials and patrons should aggressively lobby for an appropriate level of funding for the public common school system.