Amid major slashes to public funding, political leaders have cited assertions that money doesn’t affect student learning to sometimes justify cutting billions in education dollars, the Huffington Post reports. But a new report stifles the money-means-education debate, saying that money does matter, and the common political rhetoric has little basis in research. Friday’s report by the Albert Shanker Institute, titled “Revisiting The Age-Old Question: Does Money Matter In Education?” cites empirical evidence that shows many of the ways in which schools currently spend money do improve student outcomes, and when schools have larger budgets, they’re empowered to spend more opportunistically and productively…

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