Public Schools: High Cost of Stinginess

Jacksonville, commercial center of Florida's Duval County, wears all the badges of a prosperous city in a space-age state: bustling expressways, glass-skinned office towers, a rebuilt water front. But Duval's high schools are so poor that teachers raise money for supplies by sending students out to sell candy and chewing gum. Low salaries keep the schools short of teachers and shabbily maintained. Textbooks are old; one history hesitantly predicts that man might some day orbit the earth. But stingy spending on schools finally proved to be a costly policy. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has disaccredited all...

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