Education Spending Decreases in the U.S. and Increases in Other Nations

Last week, we published a blog, “Teachers in the U.S. Face the Largest Wage Gap,” about a study done by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This week, we’re pointing out another disappointing trend from that study; U.S. spending on education declined by 4 percent per student, while on average, spending per student increased by 5 percent across the 35 countries in the study.

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The United States is still spending more money on average than the other countries in the study, and some countries that spend less are outperforming the U.S. However, our country made no significant changes to spending choices in response to the recent budget cuts. According to Andreas Schleicher, who heads the directorate that published the study, "If you simply cut spending with your existing spending choices, you will end with less for less." One difference between spending allocation in the U.S. and other nations is that in our country, teachers are expected to spend more time each year teaching, with little time for professional development, collaboration, and preparation. 

At Elevate Teachers, we’re discouraged to see these statistics. We hope that the data from this study demonstrates to policymakers that our education system would benefit from some further consideration and changes.

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