The Albany Business Review has not yet released all the rankings from its 2015 Schools Report, and it's not clear how much more of the data will be published online. Last year, there was an analysis of how much districts spent per student, accompanied by an estimate of the school taxes paid on a $300,000 home. For the Hudson City School District, the cost per student was $22,972, and the estimated tax on a $300,000 home was $3,777.
The entire article and the data for all the school districts in the Capital Region can be found here. It's interesting, though, to compare the HCSD numbers with those for the four school districts that fell below HCSD in this year's rankings and four school districts that were at the top of the list.
First, the four school districts that ranked below HCSD in 2015: Gloversville, Green Island, Schenectady, and Albany.
Now, the four school districts at the top of the list for 2015: Bethlehem, Niskayuna, North Colonie, and Voorheesville.
According to these numbers, HCSD in 2013-2014 spent more per student than the districts at the bottom of the ranking and at the top of the ranking--in most instances only slightly more, in one instance (Schenectady) significantly more. (The full list reveals that twenty-three districts in the Capital Region spent more per student than HCSD.) In our small study, what property owners in the Hudson City School District contribute in school taxes appears to be significantly less than the taxes paid either in districts at the bottom of the list or in districts at the top of the list. (In 2014, there were only fifteen districts in the Capital Region where the estimated tax on a $300,000 home was less than $3,777.)
Readers may draw whatever conclusions they will from these numbers. The most obvious seems to be that there is no direct correlation between the amount of money invested in public education and quality of the outcome.
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