Bogus Budget Based on Bona fide Bottom-line Bucks

Back in the early 1990’s, before I even thought of homeschooling, I became appalled with what I saw regarding education funding in my school district.

I live in Federal Way, Washington.  I had always believed in supporting the school.  My father was a teacher as were his four brothers, my grand mother and great grand mother. I know the value of an education.  I had always just automatically voted for any and all requests the schools had for money.

Then I did some digging.

I learned that schools were spending $5,500 per student. (That figure today is $12,500 per student).  That seemed a bit high.  Schools are exempt from property taxes and they enjoy several other benefits that should help keep costs down.

I decided to prepare a budget for a single classroom of 30 kids.  I called this:

“A Bogus Budget Based On Bona fied Bottom-line Bucks”

Let’s see, the schools get $5,500 per student and there are 30 students per class so $5,500 X 30= $165,000. So we have an operating budget of $165,000 for a class of 30 kids.

The building is paid for out of another budget. So are school lunches. So what does this $165,000 cover?

  • Teachers Salaries ($60,000 including payroll costs to the district).
  • Books (Six classes so there must be six books at a cost of $50.00 each for a $600 total per student or $18,000 per year). This of course assumes that they never reuse any books.
  • Utilities (Heat, water, lights, maybe $1,000 a month for ten months).
  • Bus Transportation.  Let’s assume $3.00 per day per student and that half of them will travel by bus.  This comes to $8,100

So far we have successfully spent $96,100 of the $165,000.  Only $68,900 to go.

To make a long story short I could not think of enough ways to spend all the money they had so I went to a school board meeting and asked for their help.  I gave them all a copy of the Bogus Budget and they just sat there staring at it.

Today they have a budget of $375,000 per classroom.  The costs have not changed significantly from what they were in the early 1990’s.  I am still wondering where all the money goes.

Sure, schools need principles, librarians and libraries, counselors, etc.  I still cannot conceive of anything that could result is a true need for $375,000 for a class of 30 kids.  Just imagine how much money could be saved if families were to homeschool.  Per Pupil costs drop from $12,500 to $1200, unless they are using A2 Curriculum in which case it can easily be accomplished for $500 a year.

With our nation facing massive deficits as far as the eye can see, isn’t it time that we stop and examine what we are doing as a nation, and how we are spending our financial resources?

The Continuing Collapse

By Dr. Bruce Shortt

Exposing Government Schools: The Youth Ministry of the State Church  of Secular Humanism
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