The paper just might want to look a little deeper before claiming that state vocational schools offer a good value ("Working hard," Dispatch, Feb 15. 2010).
A cursory review of the state auditor's performance audit of the Delaware Area Career Center reveals cost per pupil of $25,739. And this is considered a good value?
The state vocational schools fly under the radar so it should not surprise anyone that they are inefficient and wasteful. But I am surprised that your paper didn't even bother looking at costs before claiming that, "Vocational schools offer good value even when stresses by recession."
It certainly seems that the recession has not stressed the belts of state vocational schools in the least.
Note: The performance audit is here (look on page 22).