Real Savings: Cutting Cybers vs. School Choice

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Post-Gazette have stories on the renewed push to reduce cyber school funding.

Rep. Karen Beyer and other proponents are touting that:

The most astonishing quote is when Rep. Beyer says “Any parochial school will tell you they can more than educate a child for $7,000.” While this is true (parochial schools’ tuition is in the $2,500-$5,000 range, and their total costs are likely around $4,000-$7,000 per pupil) it says less about cyber schools than it does about the overspending and Edifice Complex of school districts.

Consider that cyber schools educate 20,000 students at about $9,000 per-pupil, compared with school districts with 1,800,000 students @ $12,000 per-pupil. Where is the real taxpayer savings? Representative Beyer should either push for caps on school district spending, or push for more school choice programs – since school choice saves taxpayers.

More on cyber schools and how school choice saves students and taxpayers at