As I look through comments on yesterday’s post about furloughs, many teachers from private schools, charter schools and even home school parents wrote to say how lucky they feel.
They said they weren’t worried about losing pay or dealing with sharp budget cuts. But I have to wonder how true that is.
Charter schools are funded with the same tax dollars as traditional public schools. If state revenue is down, logic holds charter schools will see cuts as well. Unlike public school systems, few charters have reserves to tap into during hard times.
Private schools are funded primarily with tuition, fees and returns from investments. Studies have shown that enrollment doesn’t drop during recessions, but more families require financial assistance. That places more strain on private schools and could force cuts in some academic, athletic or extra-curricular areas.
I wonder if home school parents are seeing costs increase. After all, you still have to buy materials, software, textbooks and other tools to teach your kids.
Can we really assume public schools are alone in dealing with budget cuts? What kinds of problems should parents, students and teachers at private and charter schools expect this coming school year?
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