Amanda Paulsen from The Christian Science Monitor writes,"The factors that improve student performance often seem a fuzzy list of hard-to-define assets like good teachers, effective principals, smaller classes, and the right curricula, only some of which are directly related to dollars." (full article Does money transform schools? Illinois debates its big rich-poor spending gap.)
Clearly, money matters when it comes to schools and student achievement. I'll also climb out on a limb and say that, "the more money, the better the school(?)" But why doesn't the article point out that having an effective library and technology program can also help to transform schools? I wonder if it's just a given that having these "extras" in schools is a novelty only slotted for the wealthier districts. While the poorer schools often have these as the last priority.