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For Release — Monday, August 7, 2006

NEW YORK EDUCATION STATISTICS SHOW HIGH SPENDING FOR AVERAGE RESULTS

ALBANY—New York’s per-pupil spending is the second highest in the nation while the state’s graduation rate is near the bottom, a new set of statistics from the Public Policy Institute of New York State shows.

The new data, part of the Institute's Just the Facts series of key economic and social statistics, show that New York’s per-pupil spending was $12,930 in 2004, second only to New Jersey and 56 percent above the national average.

And, while critics often claim that local property taxes remain high because New York fails to support schools at the same level as other states, the PPI data show that New York’s per-pupil revenue from state sources was sixth highest in the nation in 2004, and 38 percent above the national average.

New York schools had a 13.9 pupil/teacher ratio in 2000, the data showed. That number, 13 percent below the national average, was not reflected in lower class sizes. New York had an average elementary class size of 21.8 in 2000, 3 percent above the national average.

In the 2004-05 school year, New York teachers earned the fourth-highest average salary in the U.S. of $56,200, 18 percent above the national average.

The new compendium also includes recent statistics showing that despite the above-average spending, only 58 percent of New York students graduated from high school after four years. The national average was 70 percent.

The education statistics, which include 10 new tables, also show that:

For all ten tables in the new Just the Facts education edition, visit www.ppinys.org/reports/JustTheFacts.html.