Very, very rarely, and homeschooling is cheaper still. Private schools are not held to the same standards as public schools and the amount of horror stories I've heard of rampant corruption makes them less appealing.Some private schools charge less.
And if you were in a large district in Iowa and wanted to bus your kids 1.5hrs across it to go to a different school? Even in SC there are some ridiculous commutes. Gas isn't cheap, buses aren't cheap and drivers aren't cheap. By stretching the system out, you're causing a steep rise in cost to the school.School bus - at least for my kid, costs under 900 dollars per school year.
Your figures are false.So basically what I'm saying is that if I'd have a voucher for 15k, I'd be able to pay for my kid's private school + bus transportation + have have few K left over.
You MAY live in the DC area and I'd sympathise but it's clear that the more you spend, the better the education, and the range is wide.
Because where the system has been put in place IT HAS NOT WORKED. Simply put, this is another significant waste of money where it should be more fairly spread and invested into education, not some crappy failed system. Go with what has been proven to work (investment into better facilities, teachers and a focus on reading and comprehension at lower levels by having smaller classes) rather than whatever wank fad has sprung up this year.I'm not sure what you're talking about when you say it doesn't work. It's cheaper, plus you can hire exactly the teachers you want, based on performance.