As an addendum of sorts to my post from Thursday on failing teachers, here is an interesting fact from John Stossel on the cost of public education in the Washington, DC public school system:
$26,000 for each student signed up at a DC public school. $28,000 for each student who actually attended. Some might say that’s an unfair number because it includes special education students that the private schools supposedly won’t take. But even if you drop the costs of special education students, DC still spends $23,000 per kid. … Turns out that the average voucher school only charges $6,620 (many are catholic schools.) So they cost a quarter of what public schools do, but still they do better!
In the DC example, add to examples of failing teachers an entire failing (or at least severely inefficient) school system. To read the entire blog post from Stossel (a correction he made to some stats presented on the last episode of his Fox Business program), click here.