|While doing the story on the new census numbers for
Loudon County, I thought it might be interesting to compare the last ten
years of the Loudon County School system. The numbers below are from the
Tennessee Department of Education from 2000 and 2010.
The numbers show some interesting facts. Note the small enrollment increase compared to the budget increase. It's also notable that while the county's population as a whole was up by nearly 9,500, the school population was only up by less than 300. You will also notice that the white student population has gone down slightly while the Hispanic population is 10 times higher.
The budget has increased, teacher pay has increased yet the average ACT scores have dropped. Does more money equal better education?