Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Frequently asked questions: "How does per pupil spending in Franklin compare with others?"

How does per pupil spending in Franklin compare with spending in other Massachusetts communities?

Based on data released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Office of Finance, as of FY 2009, Franklin's per pupil expenditures are $10,010 while the state average is $13,060. Our spending per pupil is 23% less than the state average. Three years ago, when speaking about the budget, we noted that Franklin was below the state average in 9 of 11 categories of education spending. The only areas where we outspent other Massachusetts communities were in classroom teachers and instructional materials. Two years ago, Franklin slipped further. With the continued education cuts, Franklin fell below the state average in 10 of 11 categories. Last year, we predicted that with the loss of more teachers, Franklin was sure to dip below on all 11 categories next year. The latest data from DESE shows that it has, indeed, happened.

By most objective measures Franklin’s School District outperforms its peer districts. Based on these two facts, most observers believe that Franklin Public Education is a tremendous, cost-effective value when weighing the achievement results against local taxpayer cost. To look for yourself at all of the data comparisons, try the District Analysis and Review Tool (DART) at the DESE website by linking to http://www.doe.mass.edu/sda/dart/. The DART offers a snapshot of district and school performance, allowing users to easily track select data elements over time, and make sound, meaningful comparisons to the state or to "comparable" organizations.

One of a series to address frequently asked questions


The special election on June 8th gives Franklin voters the choice:

Increase taxes to continue to provide the services we have this year (and that does not restore any of the services already cut)


Continue to cut municipal services for all and cut educational opportunities for our children

I'll help to provide the information. You need to do two things:
  1. Make your choice
  2. Vote on June 8th

You get bonus points if you talk with your neighbors about this and get them to vote!

Additional information on the override can be found here:

Franklin, MA

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