Friday, April 01, 2005

Money For Nuthin

What's the easiest way imaginable for schools in Oregon to get extra money? Why... the easiest way is to get paid for students that don't attend:

Each year, school districts across Oregon get millions of dollars for students who are not actually there - so-called 'phantom students.'

On Wednesday the House Education Committee opened hearings on the proposal by Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, to end the practice which allows school districts with declining enrollments to receive state money for an extra year after a student leaves.

This year, the declining enrollment subsidy amounts to roughly $58 million.

The WifeWonk taught in a public middle school (known as a "secundaria") while we were living in Mexico. There, her colleagues called such phantom students "Caspers."

Via: Education Intelligence Agency
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