Published June 22, 2013
RYE BROOK, N.Y. – Tuition income doesn't usually amount to much at public schools. But a suburban New York district is hoping to boost revenue by attracting students from other districts who would pay about $20,000 a year.
The Blind Brook-Rye district has sent a brochure to households in neighboring areas. The brochure touts small class sizes, high scores on standardized tests and 16 Advanced Placement courses.
The superintendent says even a couple of dozen tuition-paying students would make a big difference in his $41 million budget.
He says with tax caps and dwindling enrollment, the district has recently had to lay off teachers.
It's rare for public schools to actively recruit tuition-paying students from nearby. Experts say Blind Brook's strategy shows the financial pressures public schools face.