Friday, October 18, 2002

OPS Spending Per Pupil Up 37% in Eight Years

The Omaha Public Schools increased its spending by $1,863.19 per pupil in eight years, a 37 percent increase, according to online financial records of the Nebraska State Department of Education.

In the 1992-93 school year, OPS was spending $5,051.76 per pupil based on average daily attendance.

In the 2000-01 school year, the most recent one posted online, that had increased to $6,914.95 per pupil.

See for yourself: http://ess.nde.state.ne.us/SchoolFinance/AFR/search/afr.htm

Enrollment during the eight-year period grew by a minimal amount, so substantially more students to serve isn't why spending increased.

Spending increased because nobody's putting the brakes on OPS. But voters will have a chance Nov. 5, with the multimillion dollar tax increase OPS has put on the ballot.

The evidence is clear: more spending does not equate to more learning. On the other hand, better-managed spending will produce better student achievement.

So what message should we send OPS on Nov. 5?

Spend more? Or spend what we're already giving you more wisely?


Donate (confidentiality guaranteed) to Go Big Ed's ad campaign against the OPS tax increase:

Susan Williams
P.O. Box 995
Elkhorn, NE 68022


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