I got the following figures off the Internet, at usually reliable sites, but they may not be correct. From what I could find, Colorado spends $9,242 per pupil in public education; There are 48,692 public school teachers, and 818,443 public school students. That's 7.5 billion dollars spent on education, which is over 13% of ALL government spending, state and local combined! The average BASE salary for a public teacher salary in 2007-2008 was $49,600. The average private teacher salary was $36,300. And yet there is no effective difference in student performance between public and private schools. Statistically, we have 1 teacher per 16.8 students, but actually the class size is 25-30 students. Taking the lower number, we're paying 25 x $9242, or $231,000 per class. Subtract the public school teacher's salary and we're paying over $181,00 per class for rent and utilities on buildings that are paid for by bonds, or are already paid off. Of course there are other personnel - but nearly the same number as teachers? And then the schools are asking the parents to pay for their child's books, paper, pens, calculators, etc. - not to mention fees for sports. Our children are obese and sickly because phys ed is optional or unaffordable, and that discriminates mostly against the poor. That's not equal opportunity, which is the whole premise of public education. Where did all the money go? And you wonder why we turned down proposition 103??
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