“America spends more than $600 billion on schools. Here’s where it goes and why it matters.”
“why is American education so expensive? Partly because other social spending is low; education is expected to play a bigger role in social mobility, particularly for low-income students. And partly because education is mostly a state and local policy issue, so the way the money is spent isn’t always equally distributed or particularly logical. School districts in some states spend more to educate wealthy students than poorer ones.
Court cases have forced states to divide the money more equally. But often that just increases the overall pot of money rather than redistributing it — even though the spending increases appear to make a difference in students’ lives.”