In its editorial celebrating Gov. Kathy Hochul’s embrace of a (further) enriched state education aid formula (“A new day for schools,” Oct. 19), the Times Union Editorial Board bemoans New York’s “miserly education policy.”

Miserly? Really?

Consider the numbers: according to U.S. Census Bureau data for 2018-19, New York schools had operating expenditures of $25,139 per pupil — 91 percent above the national average, topping all states and comfortably exceeding all of New York’s neighbors in the high-priced Northeast. Indeed, New York is the Lake Wobegon of K-12 education funding, a state where even the lowest-spending rural school system (General Brown in Jefferson County) spends more than the national average.

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E.J. McMahon

Edmund J. McMahon is Empire Center's founder and a senior fellow.

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