How much did that diploma cost?

In Connecticut, the Yankee Institute came up with an interesting approach for comparing school districts: It calculated the cost per diploma for each of the state’s districts. The findings were surprising:

The average Connecticut high school graduate cost taxpayers about $133,000 from kindergarten through senior year, according to new research by the Yankee Institute. For high school graduates in the city of Hartford, which has the state’s most expensive graduates, that figure climbed to just under $200,000 per graduate, the data show.

But the lowest-cost district spent only 53% of the amount spent by the most-expensive district. Is their education half as good?

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