SALT LAKE CITY — School is now in session, or soon will be, for the nearly 57 million American kids in the nation’s public and private grade schools, middle schools and high schools, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
The center estimates the average per-student expenditure in public elementary and secondary schools this year will be $13,440, for a projected $680 billion nationally. And that doesn’t count what families are spending.
But the biggest contributions parents and others make to a student’s successful school year are not monetary. They center on forming good habits, ramping up enthusiasm for education and helping students figure out what to expect and how to meet the expectations that will be placed upon them.
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