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February 13, 2007

Is it the money or the competition?

Filed under: Education reform — texased @ 6:59 am

Texas’ 2007 dropouts will cost taxpayers $377 million every year | NCPA:

The study finds that Texas school districts facing more private school competition have lower public school dropout rates. A modest school choice program, which would increase private school enrollment by just five percent, would reduce the public school dropout rate by 8,700 – 17,400 students per year. This would save between $27 and $53 million annually over the expected life of the students.

Or maybe they have a lower dropout rate because the school gets the same amount in local property taxes collected to support a fewer number of students.

Since the money is calculated by what the state would save, does that mean the study is supporting a state wide school finance system to support vouchers?

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