If you spend more money on schools, do you necessarily ensure a higher-quality education for students? That’s the question posed by Selectman John Rooney at last night’s K-8 School Committee meeting. But the question – and the data Rooney presented to back it up – was not well received by the School Committee.
Reports the Metrowest Daily News:
K-8 School Committee members slammed as “irresponsible” and “infuriating” comments Selectman John Rooney made at their meeting last night about school spending, calling them an insult to the district.
“Does spending more money equal better education?” Rooney asked during the public comment session, saying he was speaking as a resident, not a selectman.
Rooney, referencing a recent report put together by Shrewsbury’s assistant superintendent, said standardized test scores in Shrewsbury were actually higher in many grades than those in Southborough, even though Shrewsbury spends about $3,000 less per pupil and has larger class sizes.
The full article in the MWDN is definitely worth a read, so pop over there and check it out, then come back here and share your thoughts. Was Rooney’s question about cost versus quality on the money (so to speak)? Or was the School Committee justified in their outrage? Do you believe the data Rooney presented? Sound off in the comments below.