According to recently-released U.S. Census data, New York again led the nation in per-pupil school spending. New York State spent $19,552 per student in 2012, up from $19,076 per student in 2011.

We recognize the importance of a good education in a 21st Century, knowledge-driven economy. Our concern is not that state taxpayers continue to spend substantially more money on education than every other state in the nation – it’s that we somehow seem to get far less in return on that investment.

These results lead us to believe that our tax dollars are not being spent very well. Somehow, we need to ensure that more education spending will provide us with better educational outcomes.