Fired, rehired teachers back at troubled RI school

Sep 4, 2010 Read more:
Teachers who were fired and ultimately rehired in a dispute that focused national debate over education reform have returned to their Rhode Island classrooms amid hopes that changes they agreed to will help improve student performance at their persistently troubled high school. Read more
Tom Do Her

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Sep 4, 2010
K-12 per pupil cost of $25,000 breaking the country’s budget

When you put the education costs per pupil in perspective not only are there big differences between states, but the public and private sectors glean unexpected results.

The Cato Institute found public schools can be 93 percent more expensive than private schools. They contend the public school districts are anything but transparent and this creative accounting lends itself to muddy decision making by citizens within a state and district.

"A sobering 27 cents of every dollar collected at the state and local level is consumed by the government K-12 education system," the Cato study reveals.

When the country begun its budget process for the 2010 school year they were collectively short by $158 billion. Now that America is in the middle of a lingering recession school districts and parents have some serious issues to contend with- raise taxes or cut services. The news is even more depressing as the unemployment and housing prices remain stagnant leaving less funds for public schools.

The Los Angeles, California Metro K-12 schools "average real per-pupil spending of $19,000 a stunning 90 percent higher than the $10,000 the districts claim to spend. In addition, real public school spending is 127 percent higher than the estimated median private school spending of $8, 400," Cato’s report stated. The report also claims the figure is actually around the $24,000 per pupil when you add all the real costs to operate a business – salary, operating expenses, health care, pensions and school supplies.

Another significant issue the Los Angeles Unified School District's Robert F. Kennedy school complex has to deal with is the state-of-the-art high school was supposed to cost $309 million. However the price tag is reaching past the $578 million mark.



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