New Study Finds School Choice Does No Harm to Public Education

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Public schools throughout the country are not harmed by school choice programs as most of their costs are flexible and can change with student enrollment, according to a new report issued by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

The report entitled "The Fiscal Effects of School Choice Programs on Public School Districts," found that 36 percent of public school expenses are "fixed" costs while 64 percent are "variable" costs over a one year period.

"This means when public schools lose students to a school that better meets their needs, there is no fiscal harm," said Ben Scafidi, a senior fellow with the Friedman Foundation and author of the report. "They actually have more money when students leave because there are fewer to educate, and they get to keep some of the allotted funds to educate them."

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