If we returned to the one-room schoolhouse, paying teachers would be no problem, writes Charlie Martin on Pajamas Media. He costs out a Manhattan school for 24 students at New York’s average funding for public schools: $14,119 per student.
. . . assume 24 students in Manhattan, and a one-room school built in quality office space in midtown. I laid out a floor plan and discovered we could fit it nicely into 1,050 square feet; equip it with good quality desks and chairs and with one iMac computer for every two students, plus one for the teacher and a Mac Pro as a classroom server; and add Internet connections and $1,000 per student for books and supplies. How much remained to hire a teacher?
$230,000. Almost a quarter of a million dollars.
Martin has more details here.
Martin’s thought experiment assumes a one-room school needs no administrator. He also doesn’t fund physical education, specialists to teach a foreign language, science, art or music, an aide or help for disabled students. But with $230,000 for teaching salaries, there should be money to hire part-time specialists and still pay the teacher very well.