Public school enrollment, staff, and inflation-adjusted cost per pupil, 1970 to 2016

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Bottom Line: Despite the significant increase between 1970 and 2016 in the number of public school teachers (57%) and non-teaching staff (147%) relative to the 10.3% increase in students, the significant 30% decrease in the pupil-to-teacher ratio in public schools and the significant 150% increase in inflation-adjusted spending per pupil attending public schools over that period, there was basically no change in academic achievement. More spending + more teachers + more administrators + no change in education outcomes = a failing public school monopoly that benefits entrenched unionized teachers who vigorously try to squash competition from charter schools and educational choice at the expense of taxpayers, parents and students.

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