In 2003, I downloaded over 156 pages of the official
Idaho public education expenditures for fiscal year 2001- 2002 and conducted
my own audit.
did I find out?
Education costs ranged from $9,500 per student in the Boise school district to $44,000 per
student in the Avery school district -- higher than Harvard's $37,000 per year.
Avery school district is spending $572,000 for each child for an Idaho K-12 education.
Hey, send your kid to Harvard, MIT, or Stanford for 13 years. It's cheaper.
that's not counting the cost per student for school real estate. Total
Idaho public school real estate is valued at $65 to $70 BILLION.
property value is $2 million per student in Blaine school district, $5.8 million per student in Avery district,
$1.3 million per student in McCall-Donnelly district.
let's be fair. Let's say each school building lasts 20 years with no
additional maintenance costs. That's still $100,000 in real estate
costs per student every
year for 20 years for Blaine school district, $290,000 per year for Avery district, and $60,000
per year for
McCall-Donnelly district. That's in addition to the basic cost per student
per year for
teaching and admin. The total cost is $113,222 per student per year
for Blaine district, $334,000 per student per year for Avery district, and
$69,131 per student per year for McCall-Donnelly district.
Not adding in the real estate costs or values for public education when
comparing per student costs to private student costs is an unfair
comparison. When somebody says it costs $4,000 per student per year to
attend Adam Smith Private School, they include the cost for property.
Do this for public education and you will see how much it REALLY costs per
student for public education.
there cheaper, more efficient alternatives than spending hundreds of
thousands of dollars per student per year for a questionable ISAT-driven,
Leave No Child Behind public education?
about $1,295 per student, including computer, and logging onto the Internet
from home? Bennett's K12 Inc. is one choice for private education.
There are other free market choices. (I don't recommend Bennett's K12
Inc -- or any other system -- for charter schools since charter schools are
still public schools.)
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