4.25 Sociology of Education

4.25 Sociology of - The Sociology of Education A statistical portrait of American public education There are approximately 140,000 public schools

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April 25, 2011 The Sociology of Education A statistical portrait of American public education There are approximately 140,000 public schools in the United States, enrolling roughly 50 million students (K-12). By comparison, there are approximately 34,000 private schools, enrolling 6 million students. There are 4 million public school teachers averaging $53,000 per year. Just over $600 billion is spent per year on public education (K-12). State and local government together spend upward of $700 billion on education and libraries per year. About $10,000 per pupil, per year. The financing for public education comes largely from state and local governments. The federal contribution may be growing slightly, but it nevertheless remains small. America public education is characterized by significant funding disparities. Can be seen: Schools in different states spend vastly different amounts per capita on public education. School district in the same state and indeed in the same metropolitan region, spend widely different amounts on education. Such disparities stem fundamentally from the fact that most public schools in the US derive a large share of their money from local property taxes. Thus, school districts in areas with high
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course SOC 110 taught by Professor Moskos during the Spring '08 term at Northwestern.

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4.25 Sociology of - The Sociology of Education A statistical portrait of American public education There are approximately 140,000 public schools

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