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Old 07-13-17, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by St.X fan2 View Post

I will find more information later but here is one for now.
Thank you for that information. Unfortunately, that organization makes a mistake I assume many calculations like that contain. When discussing per pupil expenditures for public schools, we must remember that we're talking about an average. So when you see a report that says that Ohio districts spend $11,354 per student, it's important to consider that most students actually cost much less to educate because that number is being pulled upward by the ~15% of special needs students who cost two or three times that to educate (as well as the small percentage of outliers who are much more expensive to educate).

A Catholic school might think to say, "Hey, we have an enrollment of 100 students, so we're saving the public schools $1,135,400," but that's not an accurate claim because of the inflated per pupil expenditure number and the fact that most typical Catholic schools aren't educating the most costly students. That's not to say that Catholic education doesn't provide some savings by educating these students with private tuition and donation dollars, but with the expansion of vouchers that savings is quickly diminishing. And in some places the value of a voucher is greater than the cost to educate the leaving student (again these are usually students without costly special needs), which actually then costs the public schools. Taxpayers make up the difference because students with special needs are protected by Federal and state laws and must receive a free and appropriate education someplace, which is more often than not the local public school district or on the public school district's dime.
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