Not sustainable

02/19/2014 6:09 PM

02/19/2014 6:10 PM

Wait a minute! The Fort Worth school board has approved devoting $64,270 to “target about 30 students” at two middle schools and two high schools? Please tell me that at least there would be 30 students at EACH of the schools, not 30 in total. (See: “Fort Worth district approves at-risk program for 4 schools,” Feb. 12)

If only 30 students would be targeted, the cost per student over a three-month period would be $2,142.33. With 30 students at four schools the cost would drop to only $535.58 per student.

The Pennsylvania-based Youth Advocate Programs organization may be planning to do a fine job with these 30 or 120 students. Surely one would agree that “turning around the lives of students who come from impoverished homes and who struggle academically” is an excellent idea. But are there only a few students in the district who could be described in that way?

In the future if only half of the district’s 83,503 students were involved for only three months each, the cost is astronomical.

How can members of the Fort Worth school board decide to launch a program which could in no way be financially sustained?

— Anne M. Sanders, Fort Worth

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