Dallas ISD May Add Tuition-Based Pre-K, and Raise $5 Million in Revenue in the Process

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Right now, the only way to get your kid into pre-K at DISD is to not speak English, not have a home, or be poor enough to qualify him for free or reduced lunch. This year, 8,991 students fitting those criteria have enrolled in DISD pre-K free of charge, a fair number but still shy of the 9,648 the district has capacity for.

To fill the extra space, and to bring in a little revenue in the process, DISD is considering opening pre-K enrollment to well-fed, adequately housed English speakers -- for a price. The proposal being considered by the board on Thursday would set tuition for those students at $7,350 per year.

That may sound like an ungodly amount of money to those of you who've never had the privilege of paying for childcare, but it's not. DISD estimates that it spends $7,820 per pre-K student, and, as the parent of a toddler, I can attest that the proposed rate is a pretty fair reflection of the market for preschools that don't suck.

Of course, DISD already has the infrastructure and staffing in place to accommodate the extra students, meaning that the tuition they pay will go straight to the bottom line, minus a bit of overhead. Based on current enrollment, the pre-K tuition proposal would net $4.8 milllion if all seats are filled.

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censormeallyouwant
censormeallyouwant

So based on the math.. DISD spends $66 million in tax money on illegal immigrant daycare.

 

Then after throwing all that money down the latrine these students still can't speak English.

 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Serious question here.  DISD is still a public school right?  Equality for all and all that good stuff, how is it legal to charge some kids who are otherwise eligible to attend, and not charge others?

 

I get the reduced fare breakfasts and lunches, even the free breakfast/lunch programs.  I do not see how charging for Pre-K slots that are already paid for via taxes is legal.

censormeallyouwant
censormeallyouwant

Who is going to pay an extra year or 2 worth of property tax to send their kids to school with poor immigrants and blacks that can't speak English? Or will they have separate schools in whiteopia for all the libtard children? No. They already go to private school.

Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

Tim Rogers has experience in this area. He blogged about it quite a bit.

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

Eric, you say that "DISD estimates that it spends $7,820 per pre-K student, and, as the parent of a toddler, I can attest that the proposed rate is a pretty fair reflection of the market for preschools that don't suck."  I can tell you that I forked over what I thought was an ungodly amount of tuition for Highland Park Presbyterian Day School when my current teenager was a toddler.  It is smack dab in the middle of Highland Park.  Very upscale.  According to this website: http://www.hppds.org/tuition, current tuition for members is $5000 and $6,100 for non-members.  That's for 5 days a week.

 

And you think that the DISD's estimate of $7,820 per student is "pretty fair"?  Why is it that the private schools are so much more cost effective in their education endeavors?  Could it be that they aren't so top heavy with administration?  Naw, that can't be it.  It's because their teachers are required to have their doors closed, attend endless after school meetings, and get shipped across town to the superintendent's convocation/photo op.  

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

This is why families are leaving the DISD in droves.  First of all, the District excludes certain kids from its PreK program simply because they were born into families that aren't poor and/or speak English.  OK.  Fine.  Needy kids have needs and this gives them a bit of a boost.  I can accept that.  But now we find out that the DISD has approximately 700 open spots.  According to this article, "rich" kids filling those spots will not cost the DISD a single nickel.  Even those the parents of these "rich" kids are the ones paying DISD taxes, they can only participate in the PreK program if they cough up another $7,000?!  

 

And the administrators at 3700 Ross, the Trustees, and Miles wonder why they get labeled a bunch of idiots.  

 

657 openings x $7,350/student = $4,828,950.  That could pay for what... about 100 new teachers?  Won't hold my breath on that one.  It would probably just go to bonuses to HR department heads who have no HR experience or communications directors to come up with more propaganda to throw at parents.  Or maybe it will used to give SIN an additional bonus for leaving the District after her scandals.  

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @RTGolden1 pre-k is a head start type program.  In RISD the same policy exists.  However, at least at RISD it's only a 1/2 day of school, which is a burden to either pick up or drop off your kid at lunchtime. 

Guesticles
Guesticles

 @PrestonHoller The rates you show for pre-K at HPPDS are half day only. HPPDS doesn't offer full day pre-K, but full day K runs $8350 for non-members.  You also have to account for the fact that church run schools are subsidized by their members.  For example, the church often covers most of the administrative overhead on the church's books, not on the school's.  

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @PrestonHoller this is based on a federal program.  RISD is the same way, though far better run (only 4 high schools as well)

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