04/14/2012 09:28 am ET

Michigan Charter Schools Spend More On Administration, Less On Instruction, Study Finds

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Michigan charter schools spend twice as much per pupil on administration and about 20 percent less on instruction than traditional public schools, according to a study just released by the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Columbia University.

"Despite the fact that advocates of charter schools and privatization have long criticized public school bureaucracies as bloated and wasteful, it turns out that charter schools spend considerably more on administration than do traditional public schools," concludes the 35-page paper, titled "Is Administration Leaner in Charter Schools? Resource Allocation in Charter and Traditional Public Schools."

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