We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I imagine there would be a floor, beneath which one should not go. I don't think any district in this country is in danger of falling through that floor. Be gals we live in a place where that's not an issue.
The best indicator is where the students ancestors lived 500 years ago. Money doesn't change that.
Assistant Village Idiot
Half the students are below average IQ. More money ain't gonna change that.
Just understand it is the easiest thing in the world to teach children. But they must be motivated and disciplined. Most of the problem with those conditions is rightly laid at the feet of the parents.
"... is there any correlation between money spent and outcome ..."
The answer to that question has been studied extensively; like nutrition, once you've provided what is "necessary", any excess is just that, waste.
So: The correlation is low, very low.
"For instance, Emiliana Vegas and Chelsea Coffin’s study of per-student expenditures and PISA math scores found, “when education systems spend above $8,000, the association between student learning and per-student spending is no longer statistically significant."
Anybody who has seen the graph on this page (https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/education-spending-soars-test-scores-stagnate-deroy-murdock/) would know that the left (in the name of WaPo) if lying yet again. We waste more money on education and get nothing for it. In most (all?) states the education establishment is run by the left (same thing as the Democrats). We know who is to blame.
the last time I checked the united states was 2nd in the world in money spent per student and 26th in the world in student performance. if the solution to poor student performance is increased teacher salaries what incentive do teachers have to do a better job?
With extremely rare exception, there is only a correlation between spending and outcome if you understand what the actual outcome is. The stated outcome and the actual outcome are very different matters indeed, and the former really doesn't count. In terms of the actual outcome, spending has proven quite effective in motivating holding captive whole blocs of voters, in many cases for generations. As an early supervisor of mine once put it, "No politician ever ran for office by seeking less money for your pet project."