I guess you are saying that the student (being in a borderline grade) would have to go to a different school, say, instead of the local elementary school they would have to go to the local middle or junior high school. That seems to be a zero sum issue. I mean, they are going to go to that school eventually anyways, like any other student, and if this is grade advancement they are actually saving a year or more of expense, right? Math wise, an actual grade advancement will always be a net plus (because you are removing a year of expense).
In the scenario I posted, we have schools that are called choice schools which require the student and parents to commit to the work. At the high school level there are only two of them and that entails extra transportation costs. But transportation is like 3% of the budget (over the whole district). In the end, when you compare cost per student, school to school, these two choice schools are below the average. Nearly 1/2 to a 1/3 of the highest costing schools which are the Title 1 schools and those that have become specialists in disabilities.
On Feb 15, 2012, at 10:38 AM, Richard Strausz <Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote:
> Bob, I am not an expert on gifted education, but I can think of an exception to your statement that >> ...It does not cost more to teach gifted students... > > What if I am a very bright grade 5 student in a K-5 school or a very bright grade 8 student in a 6-8 school or... > > I envision staffing, transportation and/or technology costs in meeting my needs. > > Richard