Did you know that the average cost per student per year is about two thousand dollars less at charter schools than at our established public schools?
That's really huge! How to explain the difference? Well, like so many things, the answer is a multi-faceted one. But, to think that charter schools are doing roughly the same thing for so much less money makes that seem like a big reason to admire, condone, and try to emulate them.
I think so many of us pay our taxes and just let the government do what they will not even questioning the fiscal responsiblilty of those who make the money decisisons. But, really, that's OUR money, isn't it? It's buying the things we use like our roads, schools, and funds our local firemen and police. Maybe we shouldn't be so complacent and just shrug our shoulders about government's use/misuse of money. Maybe it should make us REALLY MAD when they buy ridiculously expensive staplers or pay for dry cleaning with the money we've entrusted to them... So, responsible, efficient use of tax dollars (money we hand over expecting to be used in our best interest) should be rewarded, admired, and emulated.
According to a study released by the U.S. Department of Education in December of 2011, the median expeditures for traditional public schools are $10,977 per child versus $9,146 for charter schools. That means charter schools spend about $1800 less per child! You know, as a taxpayer, I really like the idea of getting more bang for my buck.