KIPP costs more

Two in Omaha Public School board race tout fiscal skills

Enright, in contrast, said he believes property tax relief must be the top priority. He also would advocate for more back-to-basics instruction such as rote memorization of math facts and phonics instruction. He also said the district should model itself after successful charter schools such as the college preparatory Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP. KIPP schools require students to attend a much longer school day and school year.

“You don’t educate kids by spending money,” Enright said. “You educate them by getting back to basics and discipline, emulating the successful charter schools.”

But information from KIPP says it costs, typically, $1,500 more per student to operate its schools, compared with traditional schools, because of extra teacher time and other expenses.


2 Responses to “KIPP costs more”

  1. 1 avoicein September 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    And if they staff their school with Teach for America members, the program from which KIPP’s founders come from, it looks like they have to pay a fee per teacher of 2,500.

    Then again, maybe only public school peons have to pay that.

    So much back rubbing going on…

  2. 2 Jim Enright October 6, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Overall, KIPP Schools cost less or the same as their surrounding regular public schools. They usually save more than the added costs associated with longer school hours and years in other ways, such as much leaner administrative costs. (Google GOBIGED, Oct.1 article; also Google Kipp Costs.))

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