To the Editor:
In the 2010 edition of your annual Quality Counts state report cards (Jan. 14, 2010), you rank Florida eighth. But as I read your rankings, it appears that the state would have been higher, except that you ranked it lower because it spends too little on education.
In any rational world, getting the same results at less cost would be a plus, not a minus. Do you have any evidence that spending more money produces better educational outcomes? Have you ever heard of Kansas City?
A version of this article appeared in the February 03, 2010 edition of Education Week as Rankings Question: Does Money Buy Quality?