Much more to a quality education than just money, letter writer contends

To the editor:

Lindbergh spends $10,216 per student. Maplewood-Richmond Heights spends $19,070 per student.

However, Lindbergh High School has a graduation rate of 94 percent, an average ACT score of 23.7 and 84 percent go on to college. Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School has a graduation rate of 90 percent, an average ACT score of 19.9 and 72 percent go on to college. Despite spending nearly twice as much per student, the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District produces lower results than Lindbergh.

Oakville spends $7,559 per student while graduating 94 percent, averaging 22.6 on the ACT and sending nearly 80 percent to college. These are comparable to Lindbergh despite spending 35 percent less and Oakville still outproduced Maplewood-Richmond Heights while being outspent by 152 percent.

The Rockwood School District spends $9,702 per student, but three of their four high schools average higher scores on the ACT than Lindbergh, while graduating as much as 98 percent. And the Webster School District spends $13,778 per student while producing very similar results to Lindbergh.

After examining 25 public high schools, I concluded that there is more to a quality education than money. So, let’s continue to make Lindbergh a terrific educational value and attractive to homebuyers by not increasing taxes.

Greg Brouk

Sunset Hills