THE QUARTER-MILLION DOLLAR CLASSROOM
Over the past few weeks, a high-dollar figure has re-emerged in the school finance debate that sounds like a lot, but is it?
— The $250,000 figure includes salaries for teachers, aides, textbooks, instructional supplies, buildings, equipment, maintenance, utilities, transportation, meals, support staff and administration.
— In addition, in Kansas public schools, there are thousands of high needs students being educated who require a multitude of highly trained specialists and wide range of specialized equipment.
— Finally, spending $250,000 per classroom is an investment that pays off much more as students with increased education levels earn more throughout their lifetimes.
Read a blog here about how schools educate children with special needs and an analysis here about the costs that go into classrooms.