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Martin F. Lueken, Ph.D, Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis for EdChoice.Org states five key quotes about supporting public funding of private education (from testimony on Nebraska LB364, January 28, 2021).
- Public school districts in Nebraska do not lose any funding when they lose students, all else equal…Funding for public schools does not decrease when students leave public schools for any reason, even though education costs would decrease.
- When students leave, it costs less to educate fewer students….Variable costs are costs that can be reduced. Variable costs might include textbooks, software licenses, and personnel costs. In the long run, all costs are variable, meaning that over time districts can fully adjust operations to a change in enrollment.
- Choice programs in states that already have them (including the oldest and largest programs) have not led to an exodus of students, and the public system still remains the dominant provider to this day…About 2% of K-12 students participate in education choice programs today.
- These programs increase opportunities to make better matches between child and the education they receive. They also result in arrangements that teachers and parents often care about, such as smaller class size.
- Many people tend to think of school funding as an accounting issue…How we fund education reflects our values. One of those values is educational opportunity…for Nebraska’s families.