Creating a Better Education System Starts with Our Approach to Funding

Every parent, politician and policymaker wants students to have the best education possible, it’s why the U.S. spends at least $720 billion on education each year — more than nearly any other country, but then why are the results so poor?

What if the problem isn’t how much money we spend, but how we spend it?

In the U.S., the average per-pupil funding amount is between $13,000 – $16,000, but all that money is tied up in systems and buildings, and doesn’t follow or support students directly, especially for students who learn outside a traditional school.

Is it time to reimagine how we fund education? That’s precisely the question and recommendation made in the latest op-ed from Adam Peshek, a senior fellow for education at the Charles Koch Institute, published in Real Clear Politics.

“(Families) are taking matters into their own hands. They are hiring tutors, forming learning pods, enrolling in micro schools, sharing child care, reimagining after-school programs, and rearranging their lives to provide the continued learning opportunities that many children have lacked for months.”

To create a better education system that helps every kid, we must change the way we fund education. Read the full op-ed here.