Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

[Susan notes: The writer makes good use of facts, not that the New York Post editorial department cares. But let's hope readers take note.]

Published in New York Post

To the editor

By denying over and over that serious research has "ever - ever - found a correlation between funding and student achievement" ("Klein's Kooky Calculation," Editorial, May 24), The Post seems intent on creating its own urban myth.

Is The Post unaware of the classic study of William Sanders in Tennessee on the impact of teacher quality on learning, or the Chicago study of Arthur Reynolds et al. establishing the long-term benefits of preschool programs, to cite just two of many such pieces of serious research?

A rural North Carolina judge concluded in a school-funding case similar to the one unfolding in New York, "Only a fool would find that money does not matter in education."

If he had said "the things money can buy" instead of just "money," would The Post consider him correct?

David Ernst

Director of Research

New York State School

Boards Association


David Ernst

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.