Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Costs of Voucher Schools

Jay over at Folkbum has a great insight into why the costs of voucher schools are so much cheaper than the public schools on a per student basis.

As Jay points out, all of the special needs services (and these go way beyond what would be considered traditional special education, like LD and ED) public schools are required (as they should be) to provide are extrememly expensive in terms of time, space, extra staff, etc. Voucher schools, on the other hand, are not required (pdf file) under state law to provide services that require anything more than "minor adjustments" to the learning atmosphere.

Financially, there is a big difference between all necessary adjustments and only minor adjustments.

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