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Study: Special Education Costs Less at Private Schools

December 15, 2011

When it comes to special education, a common perception is that public schools are cheaper than private ones. With many specialized private schools for the disabled today charging tuition rates in excess of $80,000 per student, that may seem like a safe assumption. But a new analysis commissioned by the private schools' trade group says otherwise. According to the study, it costs $45,358 on average to educate a student with a disability in a state-approved private school, compared to $50,146 per pupil in a local public school. The cost to send a child to a county special services school is even higher: $65,266 per student, the study says. The analysis, which draws on state education data, doesn't include transportation costs. To read more, click here

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