Frustrated by the lack of clarity on reopening plans from the private school where she spends $20,000 a year, Bonnie, a mother of three from the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, is betting that she can organize a better educational experience in a pandemic.
She’ll hire a private tutor to teach between six and eight kids in a rented office space for four hours a day. She estimates the tutor will cost $100 an hour. The rent is $1,300 per month. The total cost for each student? About $1,200 a month.
Bonnie sees it as a bargain. (For fear of being shunned from her children’s private school, she requested we publish only her first name, noting “how bananas this [situation] has turned into.”) If her idea works, she won’t have to deal with potential school shutdowns. Nor will she have to pay full tuition for a remote or hybrid education.