Thursday, July 19, 2007

When money matters after all

Posted By on 07.19.07 at 07:20 AM

Schools need all the money they can get, says the Chicago-based Heartland Institute in June:

"In New York, charter schools get generally 20 percent less per student than the other public schools. It is hardly fair to deny them funding and then complain about their reliance on private donors." 

Schools can do their job with much less money than they get now, says the Heartland Institute in August:

"An April 2007 report from the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation estimates the 12 voucher and tuition tax credit programs in operation nationwide before the 2006-07 school year will produce a 15-year cost savings of $444 million.... 'Some of the voucher programs for special-needs students show these students can be instructed for much, much less than the public education system does.'" The article claims that Utah children can be educated just as well on $3,000 vouchers as on the state's per-pupil cost of $7,500.

Moral to alleged think tanks: when you tell the truth, you don't have to remember what you said.

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