As we debate public education’s strengths and woes an article by reporter Carrie Yamato (carrieyamato@me.com) reports that parents of K-12 students in the Palos Verdes (CA) Unified School District are spending approximately the national average $700 sending their children back to school this fall.

If these numbers are correct, and I have no reason to doubt them, nationally $550 is spent on each elementary school student, $725 for middle school students, and $1,000 for high school students.  As reported, “The National Retail Association expects spending to increase $13 million to $83 million, making back-to-school shopping the second-biggest shopping event of the year after the holidays”.

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