Charter schools spend more on administration than traditional public schools

April 13, 2012

While charter school advocates criticize public school bureaucracies as bloated and wasteful, it turns out that charters spend more on administration and less on instruction than traditional public schools, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar.

The study, which examines school spending in Michigan, found that spend nearly $800 more per on administration and $1,100 less on instruction, said David Arsen, MSU professor of education and lead researcher on the project. The study controls for factors such as funding levels, student enrollment and school location.

"Michigan's traditional public school districts devote 60.5 percent of total expenditures to instruction, while charters devote only 47.4 percent," the study says. "Charter schools spend less on both basic instruction and added-needs instruction, which includes , career-tech and adult education."

The study doesn't examine the reasons for the in spending. But Arsen said it's likely related to the fact that 84 percent of traditional public schools' expenditures are related to personnel costs – mostly salaries and benefits – thus driving instructional costs up.

When it comes to administration costs, charter schools dedicated more than $500 per pupil to general administrative services such as paying organizations to run the school.

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Jebus, how old is this study?
4 / 5 (2) Apr 13, 2012
Just two more scams in the overall swindle of the Ameican "education" system, charter schools, but also, administrators. A local civic leader wants some more scratch, so they put their wife on as as "administator". They never have to show up, and when they do, they just sit in their office. The schools already have it all wired so they can publish any grades they want and no one questions them! The article describes academic costs as down, which is suggested as endangering student achievement, yet, look anywhere on the internet at charter schools and you'll see them all touted as immense successes! Every new "system" has been just a money making scheme!
4 / 5 (1) Apr 13, 2012
Greed may be just dandy in the world of dog eat dog finance, but it shows poorly in public oriented, humanitarian centered conditions. Starve a kid or old widow to puff that bottom line. Anything to make a buck.
0.2 / 5 (36) Apr 13, 2012
"Rebuttal:" - ClueLess

From the same author...

A Plan to End ObamaCare and the Current Health Care Status Quo

by Jack McHugh for publication in 'Guns and Ammo' magazine


And this...

For shame, Mackinac

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, one of the most prominent of the state and region-level free market think tanks, has gone on a Freedom of Information Act fishing expedition for all e-mails from labor studies faculty at the University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Wayne State that mention "Scott Walker," "Wisconsin," "Madison," "Maddow," as well as "any other emails dealing with the collective bargaining situation in Wisconsin."


The author linked by ClueLess is a corrupt Libertarian working for a corrupt Libertarian group.
0 / 5 (35) Apr 14, 2012
And that Rat is you.

"I smell a rat." - ClueLess

I have never encountered a Libertarian who wasn't a congenital and perpetual liar.

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