The University of Connecticut is facing an estimated $50 million budget shortfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is having to furlough managers and cut its athletics department to make up for the deficit. Although the school faced a loss after having to send students home midway through the spring ...
School Choice Benefits
This is National School Choice Week, celebrating the options that many parents across the country have for the education of their children. School choice can refer to public charter schools, public virtual schools, school vouchers, tax credits, and homeschooling. Let’s look at some of the benefits of school choice:
- Public schools save money when students go elsewhere for learning opportunities
- Education can be tailored to students’ learning pace
- Public charter and virtual schools often have smaller classrooms, so there is a lower student-teacher than in traditional public schools
- Alternatives can accommodate students with disabilities, health issues, or busy schedules
- Students in low-performing schools have the opportunity to move to higher-performing ones; this benefits racial minorities in inner-city districts
- Higher graduation rates and test scores
Schools are closed across Connecticut and many municipal buildings and offices are running on reduced schedules in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, but towns may not see much in the way of cost-savings from those closures. Harwinton First Selectman Michael Criss says his town has closed most municipal ...