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Odds-n-Ends :: Education

(The following stats were taken from the article "Buy Them Out" by Joel Belz, featured in the March 14, 2009 edition of World Magazine.)
  • About one in six Americans (around 50 million people) are students somewhere--kindergarten through high school.
  • About 9 out of 10 of those 50 million (45 million people) are in state-sponsored schools; about 1 out of 10 (5 million people) are in private schools or are homeschooled.
  • State-sponsored education at these levels typically costs in excess of $12,000 per student per year. The total bill is well over $500 billion every year.
  • Privately sponsored education is typically accomplished at a per-student average of $9,000 per year--about 75 percent of the cost of statist education. (The comparable cost of homeschooling is harder to calculate.)

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