June 21, 2013

With education, you get what you pay for

Graduates, you’re about to take a step into the real world, a world beset by facts, statistics and data in the terabytes. Numbers can be dangerous, we are told, yet we live in a nation obsessed by them. When you walked off the stage yesterday at Caramoor, you were clutching the most important and meaningful document of your lives to date. And, if the numbers below show anything, it was well worth it.

• America is a land of educational disparity. Of 234 million citizens, 834,000 have no formal education whatsoever. There are 1.8 million citizens with a first- through fourth-grade education only. On the other end of the spectrum, nearly 3.2 million people have doctoral degrees.

• The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts unemployment at 11.1 percent for those with less than a high school education. For those with a high school degree, unemployment is at 7.4 percent. For those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, unemployment is at 3.8 percent nationally.

• Nationally, the upper fifth of the population averaged an annual income of $121,084. The top 5 percent of the population averaged more than $186,000. New York, New Jersey and Long Island rank first among metropolitan regions, with 10 percent of residents in the nation’s upper 5 percent.

• Our areas are well educated and well paid. In Bedford (defined as those residing in ZIP code 10506), 15.5 percent of adults 25 and older have professional or post-graduate studies, and 70.8 percent have received bachelor’s degrees. Median income for households in the years 2007-11 was $175,307; the mean income $293,888. Median income nationally in 2009 among all households was $49,777.

• In Bedford Hills, 83.3 percent of the population holds a high school degree or higher, and 32.5 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Median household income between 2007-11 was $73,618. Mean income was $138,917.

• Of the 5,116 people listed in the U.S. census bureau’s American Fact Finder as residents of Pound Ridge, 45.4 percent of residents 25 and older hold graduate or professional degrees. Another 29.8 percent have attained bachelor’s degrees; 12.7 percent have attended some college with no degree. Only .6 percent, or 20 adults, have less than a ninth-grade education. Median household income in Pound Ridge in the years 2007-11 was $205,982. Mean income was $316,951.

• The 10536 ZIP code includes Katonah and parts of Somers. 32.9 percent of the population carries a graduate or professional college degree. Of the more than 6,635 residents over age 25 in this ZIP code, the highest level of attainment is 33.1 percent; 11.8 percent have had some college, and 11 percent reached high school graduation. Median household income from 2007-11 was $143,000; mean income was $205,235.

• New York State teachers are the highest paid in the country, earning an average of $73,398 in 2011-12. Massachusetts and Connecticut were second and third respectively, not far behind. South Dakota’s teachers were the lowest paid, earning an average salary of $38,804. (New York ranked fifth in per-capita income in 2010; South Dakota ranked 21st.) The average of all annual salaries of public school classroom teachers in 2011-12 was $55,418; in 2012-13, it was $56,383.

• New York spends an average of about $19,523 per student. New Yorkers’ total spending was $58 billion for public elementary students in 2011-12, of which state funds accounted for $22.8 billion, or 39.3 percent. Federal aid was $3.455 billion to New York State in 2012. Of New York State’s $58 billion in revenues, $31 billion, or 55 percent, is made up via local taxes and other revenues.

• The public school budget for New York City alone was $24.8 billion.

• In New York State, per pupil expenditures in 2011-12 totaled more than $29 billion. General education costs totaled more than $12 billion. That averages to $10,963 for a general education student and $29,741 on average for special education students.

• In Bedford Central in 2011-12, per-pupil expenditures totaled more than $65 million. General education costs were $15,038 per pupil, and special education costs per pupil averaged $48,832. Total expenses per pupil were $26,758, according to the New York State Department of Education.

• The Katonah-Lewisboro school district had a 96 percent graduation rate in 2011-12. The state average is 80 percent.

• At Fox Lane High School in 2011-12, 83 percent of graduates went to a four-year college; 15 percent went to a two-year college.

• In Katonah-Lewisboro in 2010-11, the most recent numbers available, per-pupil expenditures totaled about $56 million for general education and about $22 million for special ed. That’s $14,302 for general ed student and $37,584 for special ed per pupil. Total expenses per pupil were $27,876, according to the New York State Department of Education.

• New York state school aid will increase by $992 million in 2014, a 4.9 percent increase from 2013. Education is the largest share of the state budget, followed by health care.

Congratulations to the class of 2013. If statistics bear fruit, your education is money in the bank. And always look beyond the numbers, they can only tell you so much; your achievement will be the measure. You are our investment — protect it well.

Statistics were derived from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Education Association, the New York Department of Education, the New York State Budget, the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and the Bedford Central School District.

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