Richard is wondering about the apples-and-oranges comparison... :-)
I suspect Michigan, and most of the country, spend much less per pupil than do the districts in the NYC metropolitan area. I know that our property and income taxes are much less than those in NY.
> In case Richard is wondering, the State of Michigan > allocates 37% of its budget to education. With 36% > allocated to Health and Human Services, Michigan's > investment in human capital is profound. (How do you > feel about your ROI?) > http://www.michigan.gov/documents/A1-12_115962_7.pdf > (there is a lovely pie chart on page A-9 of the > Executive Budget) > > Haim > Je me souviens