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Now is a Great Time to Compute the Per-Unit Cost of Everything in Education

Marguerite Roza

Published January 2010 in Harvard Education Press

This paper examines how calculating the per unit costs of what schools or districts can deliver can provide the best insight into the implications of all that spending. This paper was prepared for the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas B. Fordham Institute conference, “A Penny Saved: How Schools and Districts Can Tighten Their Belts While Serving Students Better,” January 11, 2010. The final version was published in “Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best,” edited by F. Hess and E. Osberg (Harvard Education Press, 2010).