Monday, April 21, 2008

$24,600 per student - The real cost of Public Schools in DC

Most states spend less than $10,000 a year per student to fund public schools.

Not Washington DC, which is run by Congress. It looks like the public schools in Washington DC spend around $24,600 per student!

Joanne Jacobs posts:

"While claiming to spend $8,322 per student, the District of Columbia’s public schools actually spend $24,600 per student, writes Andrew Coulson of Cato in the Washington Post. That includes operating and capital spending from all sources."

The next time someone from Congress tries to tell the states how to run public schools just roll your eyes.

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Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

OK, that's obscene.

And I thought I was really spending a bit much by plunking down $850/year on two kids for curriculum.

Henry Cate said...

This is one of the problems with having the government provide a service. People running these programs are not spending their own money, so they have little motivation to be frugal.