ERIC Number: ED396062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-26
What Would a School Voucher Buy? The Real Cost of Private Schools. Cato Institute Briefing Papers No. 25.
Boaz, David; Barrett, R. Morris
American schools are failing because they are organized according to a bureaucratic, monopolistic model. A school voucher of $3,000 per student per year would give more families the option of sending their children to nongovernment schools. However, many people believe that such a small amount could not possibly cover tuition at a private school; they may be thinking of such costly schools as Dalton, Andover, and Exeter, and concluding that all private schools cost in excess of $10,000 a year. In fact, Education Department figures show that the average private elementary school tuition in America costs less than $2,500. The average tuition for all private schools, elementary and secondary, is $3,116, or less than half of the cost per pupil in the average public school, $6,857. A survey of private schools in Indianapolis, Jersey City, San Francisco, and Atlanta shows that there are many options available to families with $3,000 to spend on a child's education. Even more options would no doubt appear if all parents were armed with $3,000 vouchers. (Contains 3 figures, 10 tables, and 19 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cato Inst., Washington, DC.