Misleading Budget Point of the Day
I received the annual budget mailing (available in full in PDF format here) from the Lawrence School District last week. Nice job. At least from the point of view of manipulation of facts and propagandizing, that is. Many details bothered me about the budget publication. I think I will post them gradually, a few a day, in the days leading up to the election. Enjoy the new series.
- (p. 2) "support for our nearly 7,000 students." Of course, that figure is correct - if you factor in that the inflated number includes a majority of Private School students that do not attend the public schools, and therefore utilize vastly fewer resources and services.
- (p. 4) "86% of the 2005 graduates of Lawrence High School went on to higher education." That's a nice statistic, but what about that fact that even with teacher's salaries at among the highest in the district, and an extremely low teacher/student ratio of 1:10 (it also appears from the information available on this site that Lawrence High School has the second-lowest teacher/student ratio for any high school in Nassau County), the actual graduation rate from Lawrence High School is close to the bottom of the pack of all of the 56 Nassau County districts? How in the world are we supposed to feel that this status quo is acceptable? Second-highest teacher/student ratio, and yet one of the lowest graduation rates? Great.
- I see nothing in the budget whatsoever about per-student spending, and how that spending compares with spending in other districts. That may well be because, as I outlined in the update to this post, SD #15 spending is the highest in Nassau County and among the few highest in NY State.