Crowding in Topeka

State Street elementary school in USD 501 Topeka is too small for its student population. So what to do? The school board recently put the project higher on its priority list of capital projects. The cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 million. Some of that money would also go to security measures.

This story points out a seldom-mentioned advantage of enhanced school choice: if students are able to take a tax credit or public scholarship from a government school to a private school, their movement could relieve the pressure for remodeling or new buildings, at least in some cases.

(USD 501 examines overcrowding, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 4)

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