WHO RANKS, WHO TANKS IN SCHOOL? - KMOV.com

WHO RANKS, WHO TANKS IN SCHOOL?


St. Louis Magazine is out with it's information on local High Schools, and it's fascinating to read even if you don't have a kid entering HS next year. They've really done a good job breaking down - by school - the cost (if private), student/teacher ratio, and maybe most important - the average expenditure per student. Among public schools, only Eskridge HS in the Wellston district manages to outspend several of the St. Louis Public Schools per student! And it's quite an accomplishment: $15, 669.00 per student, barely outpacing Vashon HS with only $15,549.00. This does demand an explanation by someone in the SLPS and the Wellston Schools for that matter. Most public schools on the list spend $7,000 to $10,000, yet their student/teacher ratio are lower and their average ACT scores are considerably higher. I heard former State Representative Rod Jetton ask this question several years ago - why? And I still haven't heard the answer. Teacher salaries?Administrative costs? Tax base? Read the comparisons in the March issue, and let me know what you think.

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