Face the Facts: US investment in education not yielding returns

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    Despite the fact that the U.S. government spends more than most industrialized nations per student on education, our youth rate lower on test scores compared to students in other countries.

    These are the findings of the George Washington University School of Media’s Face the Facts series on Day 3 in the 100 days leading up to Election 2012.

    The U.S. spent more than $10,000 per student in 2008, compared to an average of about $2,800 per student in other countries. Yet students in countries like Japan and Korea — which spend $8,300 and $6,700 respectively — consistently outperform U.S. kids in elementary through high school.

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