In this edition of the NHJournal podcast, Drew Cline talks about the Josiah Bartlett Center’s new report on school spending, student population size and the proposed Education Freedom Accounts. Their report found the EFA program in Senate Bill 130 would save taxpayers $6.65 million in its first two years.

Other findings:

  • Adjusted for inflation, total expenditures in New Hampshire public schools increased by 66 percent between the 1994-95 and 2017-18 school years, while public school enrollment fell by 9 percent.
  • While current spending per student (a figure that excludes capital and some other expenses) increased by 77 percent between 1994-95 and 2017-18, average teacher salaries increased by only 1 percent (both adjusted for inflation).

And host Michael Graham asks: If we’re “following the science,” why do we keep screwing with the clocks twice a year?