The 65% solution is one of those educational reform ideas that’s easy for supporters to explain in one sentence and sounds to many people like a great idea.
It’s also full of crap.
According to the group pushing this concept, states should require all public schools to spend at least 65% of their money in the classroom.
Which is not a bad idea until you notice that it does not include money for librarians and their books or buses and their drivers. Not field trips, counselors, speech therapists.
Computers fit into the 65% but any support for that equipment does not. And forget any teacher training.
The limit does include athletic coaches and equipment since, after all, we must keep our priorities straight.
Beyond all that, supporters can produce absolutely no research showing a direct connection between their proposal and increased student learning. None.
The bottom line is that this is another of those simplistic, seemingly high-minded, quick-fixes for a problem (realistic school funding) that is far more complex and varied.
However, the real effect of this so-called “solution” is to reinforce the concept that everything in education happens only in the classroom. And that the teacher works in isolation.
The solitary teacher with little support from the outside is a vision of education that should have been retired a long time ago.
By the way, if you still need a simple explanation of the 65% solution, this comic does an excellent job.