How to ‘make your child’s life better’ without spending $10,000 or more
With a $10 billion economy and the world’s largest youth workforce, it can be easy to forget the cost of a child’s education.
The costs can be significant.
A recent study by the New York State Department of Education found that tuition at public and private schools cost an average of $5,100 a year, and $10.85 for a child enrolled in the city’s public schools.
At public schools, students are paid $1,200 a year more than they would be at private schools.
With so many students in so many schools, the costs of attendance have risen over time.
With these higher costs, many families are choosing to skip the costs that come with attending a private school.
Many parents and educators have found the best solution is to enroll their children in the public school system.
“Most of the parents I’ve spoken with say the biggest reason they do that is they feel like their kids are getting better and their kids will be able to get into the best schools,” said Linda Mott, executive director of the National Parents Organization.
“But that’s not true.”
A study by The Associated Press found that families with three or more children in a public school who chose to enroll in a private, or alternative, school were paid $2,542 more annually than the families with one child.
Families are paying $6,788 more for tuition at a private or alternative school.
“That’s the biggest cost you can have on your family,” said Dr. Jennifer Nolen, a pediatrician and director of pediatrics at the University of Washington’s Child Study Center.
“It’s really a big difference.”
Some parents say they choose private schools to save money because they want to be able see their children and see their careers.
“I know the parents of those kids are frustrated that the government isn’t doing enough to help them,” said Kari Ann Dyer, a mother of two.
“They want to get to a place where they can be the best parent that they can possibly be.”
But some parents are finding they have to make sacrifices to pay for a quality education.
A 2014 Associated Press survey found that nearly two-thirds of parents of preschool-aged children said they would choose to enroll a child in a non-public school over attending a public institution.
Nearly half of parents said their families were paying more than $15,000 for the cost.
Many of these parents say private schools are more affordable.
But some are not.
Parents are not paying $15.50 per hour, and students are not being paid enough to cover their fees.
Many families are finding that they are struggling to make ends meet while their children attend public schools and can’t afford private schools, said Linda Lippman, director of public policy and government affairs at Families for Children.
“Some parents don’t have the means to cover the costs, and they don’t feel that they’re making a difference,” Lippmier said.
“There’s no way for families to really pay for their child’s college and to pay their student loans.”
One way to cut costs is to find an affordable private school, but many parents have found that private schools do not provide the same level of quality and value that public schools do.
Many private schools have been accused of failing to adequately address social justice and environmental issues, according to the AP.
Many teachers have been charged with sexually abusing students, and the school board has been criticized for failing to keep track of students’ attendance.
“If you’re going to get the most bang for your buck, the least expensive option, I think the best way is to just not have a child go to public school,” said Lipp.
“And I think we’ve been very fortunate to have a private system.”
A report by the nonprofit organization American Academy of Pediatrics found that the cost for a public preschool program for children with autism is $14,000 a year.
A 2016 National Association of School Psychologists report found that students with autism and their families spent an average $1.65 a day on instruction in private school from 2010-2016.
Parents of students with disabilities were not required to pay more for their children’s schooling, but the AP found that they had to pay an additional $2.28 a day for transportation to and from their childrens private school during that same time period.
Private schools have a reputation for being overpriced.
A 2013 report from the Washington State School Boards Association found that public school students were spending an average annual tuition of $621.51 in Washington.
Students who attended private schools averaged $1.,977 a year on their education.
“Private schools charge students more than public schools for the same education, and we’re not getting it done,” said Mott.
“We’re not giving the same kind of value that we would get from a public system.”
The National Parent Organization has helped more than 200,000 families navigate the private and public school systems, helping families