That is what we spend per pupil versus what the world spends (wait for it), and our student is a year behind theirs in educational equivalency! How do they do that?? Its just incredible the waste that exists inside the educational – industrial complex. I’ve followed this casually for 25 years. I’ve talked to Christian school and homeschool experts who also report their students are 2 – 3 grades ahead of the public school students! But wait: both the Christian school and the homeschooler are operating on shoestring budgets! If NASA wants to study Blackholes, they need look no further than the government school system. Its been said for decades that .75 cents of every education dollar is lost feeding the bureaucracy in Washington DC.