Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:06 AM
AUSTIN - An expert witness in the lawsuit over funding for Texas public schools has testified that more spending does not necessarily lead to better performance.
Eric Hanushek, an education expert at Stanford University, said Wednesday that he does not see a correlation between per student spending and test results. He said he believes that public schools suffer from a lack of efficiency.
Hanushek is testifying in the final stage of a lawsuit brought by school districts against the state claiming the Legislature is not providing enough funding. Hanushek was called by conservative activists who argue that the problem is not money, but an inefficient public education system that needs overhaul.
Hanushek said good teachers are best predictor of student success and that their compensation system needs to change.
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