I am, once again, working on a proposal for Portland Public Schools to fund a pilot high school study abroad program. This post provides a way of looking at the revenues per student that PPS receives relative to the study abroad fees of ASSE, one of the lower cost providers of high school study abroad programs.
Portland Public Schools spends between $13,200 and $15,000 per student per year (here). Both its spending and revenues are complex (so correct me if you find a mistake). For purposes of figuring out how much revenues should be available on a per student basis to fund high school study abroad programs, I have here looked only to revenues that come into the district for general education purposes. Other revenues, especially federal revenues, come into the district earmarked for specific purposes or for specific populations of students. I have not included those.
There are two sources of general purposes local funds. The “Permanenet Rate Gap Tax” and the “Local Option” tax. From PPS’s Annual Budget (here):
The other source of revenues for general educational purposes is the State School Fund. Here is PPS’s “2013-2014 Total Formula Grant” from the 7/8/13 Department of Education (here) (These figures probably change as real data for 2013-14 becomes available):
Note that the current 2013-14 official enrollment in PPS is 48,080 (here). The DOE information above shows an ADMw, their enrollment type figure, of 54,228.48. In calculating ADMw some categories of students are given greater weights so the total is higher. So, while the average State School Fund payment to PPS per ADMw is $6,786, the average payment to PPS per student (without weights) is $7,654.
Adding the revenues PPS receives for general education and subtracting 4% (here) for central administrative overhead yields $8,745 in general revenues received per student, as follows:
PPS currently offers immersion programs through the 12th grade in Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese. The Russian immersion program is just starting middle school.
ASSE charges the following fees (here). There is an additional $200 application fee. Early payments gain a 10% discount. For most programs, tuition, room and board with a family, and international transportation are included in the fees. For the program to Mexico, airfare needs to be added.
Here are ASSE’s program fees for Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.