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    Filed at 7:21 am under by dcobranchi

    Chris Long sends note of a Pittsburgh-area school district that does more with less:

    The irony is that the Grove City Area School District’s yearly per-pupil expenditure for all school and transportation costs was $7,192, compared with a state average of $8,295.
    One hour south, Pittsburgh’s public-school system spent $11,282 per student — about 57 percent more than Grove City, whose students were doing better than Pittsburgh students in reading and math at every grade level.
    Much of the city’s success was its small, rural-community nature, where old-fashioned values and civility are the norm and most families are involved in their children’s schools and education, locals and school officials said. Another factor was said to be the quality of the school leadership.

    The article does a good job suggesting reasons why the rural district does so much better than its big city brethren. Interesting reading.

    2 Responses to “SCHOOLS ON THE CHEAP”

    Comment by
    September 16th, 2004
    at 8:43 am

    $8k per pupil? I could take the kids on an extended field trip to Europe each year. Imagine the Chem lab or microscope that much could buy.

    Comment by
    Skip Oliva
    September 16th, 2004
    at 4:02 pm

    Most of the price of government schooling does not reflect the actual per-student cost, but rather the costs associated with centralization of schools. The larger the school, the larger the bureaucracy. It doesn’t really cost that much more to teach a kid in a small town versus a large city–it costs more to support the bureaucracy.

    Unfortunately, the Times article suggests NCLB is a boon to small districts. But all centralization is harmful to schools, even if it’s implemented by a Republican president.