May 18, 2005

Public school budgets

John Derbyshire posts the following letter from a reader:

"A quick way to debunk the 'we need more money' claims from public schools: calculate how much they are spending per class.

"Lets suppose the district is spending $8,000 per student, which I believe is below the national average and well below what they spend in your region. If each class has 20 students, which again would be quite low, they are spending $160,000 per class. If there are 25 students then its $200,000. On what? Pay the teacher $80,000 and you still have $80,000 left for the building, administrators, buses, books, etc, $120,000 if you use the bigger class.

"Give me $100,000 to educate 20 kids for a year and I'll gladly quit my job as an attorney, rent the necessary facilities, and provide a much better education to them than the public schools do.

"As a homeowner who would under no circumstances allow any of my five children to attend any public school (which means I am giving up a $1/2 million government subsidy), I find the amounts the government spends on schools to be utterly outrageous."

Posted by Physics Geek at May 18, 2005 09:10 PM StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

Some years ago I gave a jump to an executive friend with a dead battery. He was positively convinced (pun intended,) that to jump a battery you had to cross polarities from the dead car to the running car, (positive to negative and negative to positive.) I had a hell of a time convincing him he was wrong.

His executive job? He was in charge of ALL electrical contracts let by the City of Chicago Board of Education.

With folks like that in charge, it's easy to sea where the money goes.

Posted by: Frank Borger at May 19, 2005 03:35 PM

Maybe the extensive plastic surgery he'd to have undergone after the battery exploded might have convinced him a little quicker. Pretty tough lesson, though.

Posted by: physics geek at May 19, 2005 03:42 PM