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‘How to Lie With Statistics’: Teachers Union Edition

5/4/18
By Allysia Finley,
from The Wall Street Journal,
5/2/18:

They conflate state and total funding, play games with baselines, and ignore noncash teacher benefits

If you’ve ever taken a statistics class, you’ve probably read Darrell Huff’s “How to Lie with Statistics.” Teachers unions appear to have drawn some lessons from the 1954 book. They’re using misleading statistics to rally public support for teacher walkouts in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona and Colorado. Here are some of their distortions. • They conflate school funding and state education spending.

• They don’t account for other forms of compensation.

• They elide data that don’t fit their argument.

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