Math Moment: Is $12.4 billion less than $11.6 billion?

Ah, the value of a good education ….

Time to test your math skills by comparing them against those of our very own teachers union ….

Pop quiz

Is $12.4 billion really less than $11.6 billion?

With regards to state spending on public schools …

Teachers Union writes: “billions of dollars in spending cuts have already been made during this recession.”

FACT: 2010 Massachusetts spending for public schooling (K-12) is $12.4 billion. 2008 Massachusetts spending for public schooling (K-12) was $11.6 billion.(2)

Math Test: Which number is lower? $12.4 billion in 2010 or $11.6 billion in 2008?

Teacher’s Union Answer: $12.4 billion is lower – after “billions in spending cuts” –


Correct Answer: $11.6 billion is lower than $12.4.

“During this Recession”(2008-2010) politicians and the Teachers Unions increased public school spending: $729 million – nearly 3/4 of a billion dollars higher!

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