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Problems at Bureau of Indian Education schools highlight need for school choice


GROUPS opposing school choice programs insist most education problems can be solved simply by increasing funding at public schools, but not by allowing parents to choose the school that best fits their children's needs. The status of federally funded Bureau of Indian Education schools proves otherwise.

Approximately 41,000 American Indian students attend 185 BIE schools. As U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recently noted, per-pupil funding at those schools is an estimated $15,000 per year. That's close to double Oklahoma's statewide average and far above the national average. Yet that outsized spending has not created an educational utopia.


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