Investing In People

Every dollar invested into the high quality pre-school programs yields a return of over seven dollars later.

High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. Lifetime Effects: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40. 2005.

In mathematics, science, and problem solving, the United States ranked 25th, 20th, and 25th, respectively, out of the 30 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries (OECD).

United States Department of Education. “Table 389: Average Mathematics Literacy, Reading Literacy, Science Literacy, and Problem-Solving Scores of 15-Year-Olds, by Sex and Country: 2003.” National Center for Education Statistics. March 2005.

High poverty school districts receive, on average, $938 less per-pupil in state and local funding than low poverty districts.

Carmen G. Arroyo. The Funding Gap. The Education Trust. January 2008.

Public school teachers earn 15 percent lower weekly earnings than comparable professionals in other sectors.

Sylvia A. Allegretto, Sean P. Corcoran, and Lawrence Mishel. The Teaching Penalty: Teacher Pay Losing Ground. Economic Policy Institute. March 2008.

Raising teacher wages by 10% lowers high school drop out rates by 3-6%.

Susanna Loeb and Marianne E. Page. “Examining the Link Between Teacher Wages and Student Outcomes: The Importance of Alternative Labor Market Opportunities and Non-Pecuniary Variation.” The Review of Economics and Statistics. August 2000. Volume 82. Number 3.

One third of United States’ schools need extensive repair; 15,000 public schools had air that was unfit to breathe.

United States General Accounting Office. School Facilities: Condition of America’s Schools. February 1995.

Investing $20 billion in deferred school maintenance would generate 250,000 skilled maintenance jobs.

Mary Filardo. Good Buildings, Better Schools: An Economic Stimulus Opportunity with Long-Term Benefits. Economic Policy Institute. Briefing Paper #216. 29 April 2008.

Since 2000, the average cost of tuition at a public college has increased 39 percent but median household income has fallen 1 percent.

Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette D. Proctor and Jessica C. Smith. Current Population Reports: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007. United States Census Bureau. August 2008.
United States Department of Education. “Table 313: Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees and Room and Board Rates Paid by Full-Time-Equivalent Students in Degree-Granting Institutions, by Control of Institution and By State: 2000-01 and 2001-02.” National Center for Education Statistics. November 2002.
United States Department of Education. “Table 321: Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees and Room and Board Rates Charged for Full-Time Students in Degree-Granting Institutions, by Type and Control of Institution and State or Jurisdiction: 2005-06 and 2006-07.” National Center for Education Statistics. July 2007.

In 1979, Pell Grants covered 77% of the cost of college; now it is down to 32%. An investment of $51 billion would return the Pell Grant to its 1979 level.

United States Department of Education. “Table320: Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees and Room and Board Rates Charged for Full-Time Students in Degree-Granting Institutions, by Type and Control of Institution: 1964-65 Through 2006-07.” National Center for Education Statistics. July 2007.
Jacqueline E. King. “2003 Status Report on the Pell Grant Program”. American Council on Education and the Center for Policy Analysis. October 2003.
American Council on Education and the Center for Policy Analysis. Fact Sheet on Higher Education. November 2004.