Federal, state and local taxpayers, pay $620 billion a year for 40 million independent school district students. A national average of $15,500 per student, not counting fundraisers and corporate grants. Before federal involvement our “world best” schools were “lowest cost."

Now, the most costly, they are ranked behind 34 developed countries. Controlled by tax and spend government bureaucrats, ISDs aren’t independent. Using less than $3,000 for each teacher and classroom leaves $12,500 for bureaucrats. Charter, private and faith based schools need less than $5,000 per student per year. Vouchers and tax credits of less than $5,000 could fund all students and double teacher pay.

Gary Miller

Texas City


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Jim Forsythe

Cost per student in Texas public schools  : $8,593

Texas Private Schools. There are 1,884 private schools in Texas, serving 309,942 students. The average private school tuition is $7,125 for elementary schools and $9,334 for high schools The average acceptance rate is 82%). 

Not $3,000 for each teacher.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, preschool teachers in Texas earned an average of $33,010 per year in 2012. Those in nonmetropolitan areas tended to earn low pay, with a reported average salary of $32,190 in nonmetropolitan southern Texas and $33,740 in nonmetropolitan Gulf Coast Texas.

Jim Forsythe

I missed Gary point about teachers cost.
Wage and salary expenses are one area where there’s a particularly large variation across states. New York spends the most -- $8,712 per student -- followed by Connecticut and New Jersey. By comparison, states with fewer teachers and lower wages report spending as little as $3,000 per student in some cases
Teacher pensions, health insurance, tuition reimbursement and other employee benefits add up to a sizable portion of school spending. Employee benefits for teachers account for about $1,700 in spending per pupil nationally and are as high as $4,127 per student in Alaska and $4,660 in New York

"Class size is another important factor in school district spending."

While spending on school and executive administration accounts for a small slice of total spending (about 7 percent nationally), considerable variation exists across states. The District of Columbia and 13 states spend more than $1,000 per student on administrative costs. On the opposite end, Utah spends $463 and Arizona spends $450 per student

Kevin Moran

It is unconstitutional to send tax dollars to religious schools. And our forefathers whose ancestors fled religious persecution, made it unconstitutional forever. You want to destroy America? Easy. Destroy separation of church and state.

Carlos Ponce

"It is unconstitutional to send tax dollars to religious schools." Not quite.
Can a Federal Pell grant be used at a religious school? Yes.
"Each year, tens of millions of dollars in federal Pell grants go to yeshivas, many of which focus primarily on Talmud study, a Forward review of U.S. Department of Education data reveals.The Jewish colleges take their place among many other religion-oriented schools that receive Pell grant funds."
A Pell Grant is a subsidy the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college.

Carlos Ponce

Supreme Court Case Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (2002)
Held: The program does not offend the Establishment Clause.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. A school voucher program which allows parents to send their children to a private school is not in violation of the Establishment Clause, where the vast majority of participating private schools are affiliated to religious groups.

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