Clarification: I'm distinguishing "budget" from "cost" in my comment... the article mentions the cost of running the school (the bottom line) and the impact of the cost of the building, but my comment refers to the way operating expenses are budgeted line-by-line. It's that line-by-line consideration that's missing in too many of our non-charter schools right now.
Charter schools also typically run on budgets far less than their non-charter public counterparts, mostly thanks to the elimination of needless bureaucracy. Do you think it's possible for the public system as a whole to adopt some charter schools' successful education approaches and more efficient spending practices? If not, what other option do you propose to support lower and middle income parents who want to take their child's public school allowance to the school of their choice? Vouchers or tax-credits for private schools?
We've had a century to work out the problems inherent in compulsory education combined with a public school system. Instead, we throw money at the problem and just see a continually growing bureaucracy as a result.
So yeah... seriously... tell me how YOU would solve this problem.
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