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Is the US Spending Enough on Education?

JackWayne Wrote: May 01, 2013 8:02 AM
Mike, I keep seeing this all the time and I'm troubled by your acceptance of the number of civilian employed. The chart above says it is close to 150M. I don't believe that number is even close. The government "employs" millions of people in industries that are paid entirely by tax money or borrowing. I think if you put a pencil to it, you'd find that we probably have 100M or less truly civilian employees.

Given the constant chatter from the Obama administration and from teachers' unions on the need to spend more for public education, let's address the question "Is the US spending enough on education?"

I propose we look at the stats in graphical form starting with charts of population and total spending, culminating with education spending per child.

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1. Population vs Civilian Employees

Data is from the US Census Bureau