9:51 raises the old question about how excellent private and parochial schools can offer lower tuition than per student public school costs.
The answers are quite simple:
– They do fund raisers to help defray tuition costs.
– They get donations that help defray tuition costs.
– They are able to reject students that have special needs. Remember some special needs students are placed out of district and can cost in excess of $100,00 per year.
– Most state mandated programs don’t apply to them.
– They underpay highly qualified and professional teachers. Many teachers are happy to teach for lower pay in exchange for less disruption and bureaucracy.
– They don’t have to have the phalanx of support personnel to deal with behavior issues. Their behavior issues leave and come back to the public schools.
While not all of these things are bad, they do make things very different for private schools. Apples and oranges?