Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Heftiest Facility Debt or Below Average: So which is it?

Here is the headline of a recent Star article:

State schools' debt burden heftiest in U.S.

The gist of the article is that the governor is pushing a report that claims that Indiana spends more than anyone in the nation on school facilities.

At the end of the article you finally read the other side of the story which contradicts the headlines.

Quoting the last few paragraphs:

Some researchers are using the new national report to show that Indiana doesn't splurge on construction.

For instance, Indiana spent 7 percent of total school money to build or buy school facilities that same year , which is below the national average of 9 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

"The main message is, before you draw firm conclusions on the basis of that one number as proof we're spending too much, you have to ask questions about how the data are produced," said Robert Toutkoushian, an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.


All the public will remember is the headline - not the details buried at the end. The Indy Star continues to be friendly to the governor's agenda with such headlines.

The governor's staffers are counting on this just like the K-12 Efficiency report. You can predict similar headlines with the next report on consolidation of schools as well.

2 Comments:

At Wednesday, June 29, 2005, Blogger Joe Thomas said...

Hopefully someone will write a short letter to the editor exposing this. It might take some wind out of the gov's sails.

 
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