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Your Local Public School
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     Do you know how your school works? Where does the money come from to run the school? Who pays the water bill? What does your teacher do? How about the principal? Your school is a wonderful place. Many people work hard so you can have a good education. All of these people are paid for doing their jobs.
 
2     It is expensive to run a school. During the school year of 2007-2008, it cost approximately $10,300 per student for a public education. That adds up fast! For example, if there are 20 children in your class, it costs $206,000 per year just to run your classroom. How many kids are in your school? How many schools are in your town? Where does all this money come from?
 
3     You may hear your parents talk about taxes. Taxes are a hard subject for many people. Cities and towns collect money from people who live there. A large amount of these local taxes goes to run the schools in the city or town where you live. It pays your teacher's salary. It pays for books, supplies, and heat. It pays for improvements to your school building. And it pays for sports, gym, art, and music.
 
4     Local taxes aren't the only way schools get the money they need. The government in Washington, D. C., gives federal tax money to some schools, too. These funds usually come with requirements. For example, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002. Schools that use the money from this program must show that children are learning. They do this through setting goals and testing students.

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