More spending doesn’t make kids smarter

Patrick Gibbons

Oil Millions Didn’t Make Jethro Smart,” writes Dr. Matthew Ladner of the Goldwater Institute, referencing the billion-dollar windfall Wyoming received because of a booming natural-gas industry.

Spending over $16,000 per pupil (including capital costs and debt repayment), Wyoming sees its students tie Florida’s Hispanic students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ fourth-grade reading test. Florida spends $5,000 less per pupil.