RE: Cost of Government – Schools
To my recent post that featured a table of the Cost/Resident to foot the payroll for their local public schools, Thomas Schmeling commented:
It’s probably also useful to recognize that some communities have higher proportions of children than others so that, even if two communities are spending the same amount per resident, they might be spending different amounts per student.
I agree. So here are a couple more tables that help to illustrate that difference.
First, here is the data ranked by Cost/Student (I used 2006-2007 numbers to coincide with the 2006 government payroll numbers provided by the ProJo). The Statewide average is in blue, the mean in orange(-ish):
Second, here is a comparison of the various “cost pers”:
Finally, here is a chart showing the differential between the Cost/Student and Cost/Resident. A negative number means that, relative to how the districts compare to each other, the Cost/Student for a given municipality is less than the Cost/Resident, a positive indicates the opposite.
So what does all of this mean? Tough to tell. So I added one more component by calculating the ratio of residents per student for each district. Here’s how that looks, with the differential number included.
Generally speaking, the fewer residents that support each student, the bigger the differential between a districts relative rank in the cost/student and cost/resident ratios.