Friday, April 07, 2006

The Cost of an Education

From Joanne Jacobs,
U.S. public schools spent $8,287 per student on average in 2004, according to the latest Census figures. In all public education spending rose 5.1 percent from 2003 to 2004. New Jersey spent $12,981 per student in 2004, followed closely by New York and Washington, D.C. Utah, at $5,008, spent theleast.
That's a lot of moola. I'll have to ask my husband for the actual amount we spent on our children's education last year. But it was no where near $8,000 let alone the nearly $13,000 of New Jersey. This is per student. I"m guessing it was around $1500 for all books, curriculum, and related supplies for ALL our children. Even if we added in our coffee breaks to Starbuck's we don't come close to those numbers.

The cost of homeschooling is difficult to measure but how much would you say you spent last year on homeschooling? If you want to reply anonymously that's fine.

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