He says that if money was the key determinant, Washington D.C. would have the best public schools.
D.C. does spend a lot more than many other urban areas.
But by no means can you forget to qualify that by saying "really large urban."
In fact, many, many rich suburbs spend 2-3 times as much per student as in Washington. D.C.
Of course, what can you expect from the Superintendent of a School District that was throwing kids out of school so they wouldn't show up in the figures.
Fascists hate education.