And yet, when it comes to their own families, they choose schools that have small classes and big costs per pupil. I think it's very valuable to periodically remind ourselves just how self-serving these hypocrites can be.
For your reading enjoyment, find below some facts about the schools these people have picked for their own kids. Keep in mind that the NJ voucher bill that many of these people support would provide, at most, $12,000 scholarships: a mere fraction of the cost to educate students at these exclusive private schools. Also remember that these are the same folks who are shocked at what they call the "high" per pupil costs of public schools, which have to educate all children - even those with special needs or who are living in extreme poverty.
Once you've perused these statistics, read what Bruce Baker has to say about this phenomenon. Apparently, small classes, lots of spending, a rich curriculum, and teachers with advanced degrees are good enough the reformers' kids - but not yours.
George Norcross sent his daughter to the Lawrenceville School:
FACULTYFull Time: 139; Part Time: 2
Degrees Held: Bachelors, 33; Masters, 86; Doctorates, 2; Ph.D., 18; J.D., 1; Professional, 1
Tuition and actual costs per student:Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1 Average Class Size: 12 students Average Total Students Per Master Per Term: 45 [emphasis mine]
The 2011-2012 tuition charge for boarding students is $48,800, for day students, $39,960. In addition, there is a required medical fee of $695 for boarders and $425 for day students, and a technology fee of $425 for boarders and $285 for day students. Parents are also required to purchase a tuition refund insurance at the cost of 1.0% of the tuition (adjusted for any financial aid award). The actual annual cost to educate a student at Lawrenceville is $70,000 (including financial aid). The difference between the annual cost and tuition is met by income from the endowment and generous gifts from alumni, parents, and friends.*****
Chris Christie sends his sons to the Delbarton School:
The course of study offers preparation in all major academic subjects and a number of electives.The studies are intended to help a boy shape a thought and sentence, to speak clearly about ideas and effectively about feelings, and to seek relevant facts in making judgments.The faculty, many of whom hold higher degrees in field, consists of 80 men and women. And because the average class size is 15 and student-teacher ratio 7:1, the learning environment at Delbarton is designed to be intimate and challenging. [emphasis mine]
Tuition for the 2011-12 academic year is $27,800.00. Tuition is all-inclusive and covers such items as a daily hot lunch, technology costs, and activity fees.Actual costs per student:
Delbarton Fund contributions are used to support technology upgrades, athletic fields and facilities, service projects, financial aid for worthy students, and maintenance of the campus, among others. Fundraising as a whole covers 10% of the annual budget, or approximately $1,900 of each student's tuition. [emphasis mine]*****
Barack Obama sends his daughters to Sidwell Friends School:
All classes, with the exception of one third grade and one fourth grade, have team teachers. Individual class sizes range from one teacher for every ten students in the lower grades to one teacher for every 16 students in some fourth grade classes. [emphasis mine]Tuition:
Tuition for 2011-2012
Lower SchoolActual costs per student:
$31,960 (includes hot lunch and textbooks)
Middle and Upper Schools
$32,960 (includes hot lunch)
Unrestricted annual funds gifts are critical to the financial health of Sidwell Friends School. The institution's budget is dependent upon these contributions to help close the gap between the tuition revenue and the true cost of a Sidwell Friends education.*****
Rahm Emanuel's children attend the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools. Valerie Strauss already did the legwork, so I won't repeat it here.
ADDING: Peg with Pen has more.