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Cookie analogy flawed

The cookie analogy (used in a television advertisement by voucher backers) has serious flaws. It completely ignores fixed and variable costs. Student per-pupil spending takes all the costs of education and is divided by each student. If one student leaves a classroom — or even 20 in a school — the costs of the school remain the same. You still pay for heat, electricity, computers, custodians, library, counselors, secretary and support staff. Even books and desks remain the same because class size varies per grade level. District and state administration does not change. Show me where this so-called savings will occur. Instead, we are now funding private-school students who never intended to use public education.

That sounds like extra costs to me.

Mary Ann Kirk

Murray