Education Spending Statistics

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America spends 14 times more per public school student than in 1920. (constant dollars)

Per student spending:

  • $3,800/student in 1970
  • $6,900/student in 1998

(1998 dollars)

Student to teacher ratio:

  • 20 to 1 in 1970
  • 15 to 1 in 1998

Average SAT score:

  • 543 verbal, 516 math in 1967
  • 505 verbal, 512 math in 1998

Average teacher salary:

  • $35,300 in 1970
  • $39,100 in 1998

(1998 dollars)

George W. Bush, in a campaign speech in Florence, South Carolina, "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"

P.J. O'Rouke
May 24, 2001
Rolling Stone