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May 15, 2015 4:09 pm ET

Governor Hogan makes the right call to not throw away more money on education

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The Sun’s headline on the Governor’s decision not to throw more money at an already failed educational system was direct and in your face.

Whether that was good, bad, or indifferent depends on the reader.

No matter what your take on the matter is, here are some facts, folks.

In 2012, according to the USA Today, Maryland spent $13,608 per pupil—the 10th highest expenditure nationwide. Of course, Maryland benefits from a wealthy tax base because of the federal government. Administration cost were $1,000 per pupil, which ranked number three on the list.

Yet, despite spending all that dough, Maryland is 23rd in the ranking for number of students who earn a high school diploma.

Not so hot when you take a close look.

The Sun also reports that, in some of Maryland’s top schools, the ratings are falling. In 2013, the Sun also reported that, while the city schools are improving, the pace of improvement is not fast enough. The test results revealed small gains in the city school system, which was in danger of state takeover at one point.

In comparing public schools to their parochial counterparts, it is widely known that the private sector spends far less per pupil than government-run schools; yet, the private schools get far better results.

Despite the cries by Mayor Blake for more money, the U.S. ranks 36th in the world in education spending, according to

Simply put, folks, the system is broken, and throwing more money at the problem is not the answer. In this case, Gov. Hogan—based on the facts—made the right decision.

In the final analysis, a school system that allows students to run the system without accountability or discipline will continue to fail.

In the old days, when this country was number one across the board, a student assaulting or cussing out a teacher was a serious no-no. In the few instances where such a thing happened, either the nuns whacked you with a piece of lumber, or you ended up talking funny (with no teeth) when you got home.

Until we restore order in the classroom and hold our students accountable for their actions, the United States will fall farther into the abyss of educational—and social—mediocracy.

And you can take that to the bank…

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