Zeroing In on What Results Our Education Dollars Are Buying

Zeroing In podcast looks at what education spending tells us about education policy

Part of the Zeroing In Series
The US spends more than other countries on education. Do we get the results we deserve for that spending?
The US spends more than other countries on education. Do we get the results we deserve for that spending?

The U.S. spends more per student than most of the world's industrialized nations, but our test scores on math and science are in the middle of the pack. Are we getting our money's worth in K-12 education? Helen Ladd and Martin West debate the question on this episode of Zeroing In, hosted by Aaron Chatterji.

Ladd is a professor in Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. West is an associate professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Chatterji is an associate professor at Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

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