Report Roundup

Private Schools

"Private Schooling in the U.S.: Expenditures, Supply, and Policy Implications"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Spending at private schools is far more varied than among public schools, with variation across the nonpublic sector most closely associated with the schools’ affiliation, a new report concludes.

Furthermore, a ranking of various types of private and religious schools by average spending correlates closely with the relative rankings of their average standardized test scores, says the report by Bruce D. Baker, an associate professor and school finance expert at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. The spending differences also reflect differences in teacher salaries, pupil-to-teacher ratios, and teacher undergraduate preparation.

The report finds that, on average, independent private schools spend $15,000 per pupil, Hebrew schools more than $12,000, and Roman Catholic schools $7,743, based on data from the 2006-07 academic year. U.S. Christian schools identified with one of two major associations, the Association of Christian Schools International and the American Association of Christian Schools, spend $5,727 on average.

The report sees implications for publicly funded voucher programs, noting that current voucher policies are financed at levels that cover the costs at only a select number of private schools, essentially pricing out independent (non-religious) schools and Hebrew schools.

Vol. 29, Issue 01, Page 5

Published in Print: August 26, 2009, as Private Schools
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories