Spending more on education for low-income kids improves their prospects as adults

January 21, 2019 | NPR

The Los Angeles teachers’ strike has now been going on for five days. The more than 30,000 public schoolteachers on the picket lines are demanding better pay, smaller classes and more counselors and nurses for students, among other things.

Teachers have been pointing out that California spends less per student on public schools than many other states. We wanted to know how spending on education affects outcomes. So we’ve called on Kirabo Jackson of Northwestern University. He’s a labor economist who studies education and social policy. Welcome.

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