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School districts say charter schools cost them



Published: Mon, October 29, 2012 @ 10:00 p.m.

School districts say charter schools cost them

AUSTINTOWN

A large amount of taxpayer money meant for public education is being siphoned off by charter schools and vouchers, local school treasurers say.

Financial information from Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Poland and South Range was presented Monday night at Austintown Middle School during a forum called “What Does School Choice Cost Community Taxpayers?” sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown. More than 60 people attended.

When a student leaves a public school district, “the amount transferred is almost always more than the state would have given to the district for that pupil,” said Steve Dyer, education policy fellow at Innovation Ohio.

Dyer said the state’s per-pupil contribution averages $7,004 for charter schools, $6,320 for online schools, $4,971 for vouchers and $3,033 for local school districts.

“This is a problem,” he said. “... And it’s up to grassroots activists to go down to Columbus and change the system.”

Another problem with the public money going to charter schools is a loss of governance, said William L. Phillis, executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding.

Read more in Tuesday’s Vindicator


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1uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

"A large amount of taxpayer money meant for public education is being siphoned off by charter schools and vouchers"

Education dollars from the taxpayer are for the student. Not the District.

Why are districts bitching? Cause the State pays more to the others compared to local schools?

Are charter, online and vouchers receiving money from the local taxpayers also, like the local Districts are?

I suspect they probably are not.

Public education in most localities is an abysmal failure. Those localities tend to absorb piles of money to fail in education.

Times are a changing. Just wait until homeschoolers ask for vouchers to cover their time educating their child :)

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2Marriedin94(1 comment)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

"Just wait until homeschoolers ask for vouchers to cover their time educating their child :)"

Some will; some won't.

We have home educated for the past 12 years and have gladly dedicated our time and paid for the materials we choose to teach our kids according to their individual needs. We would oppose any effort to give vouchers, tax deductions, etc..to home educators. As the Ohio Home Education regulations are currently written, we have the ability and discretion to find a curriculum that fits our child(ren), not make our child(ren) fit the curriculum. A math text that works for one child may not work for another child, so we find another math text that does work. If home educators were to accept tax breaks from the government, it is possible that the government would dictate that "Math Text A" is the only approved math text for those receiving tax benefits. For us, personally, the few extra dollars we could potentially receive is not worth that.

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3uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Great post @Marriedin94!

Glad to meet someone who has homeschooled here.

I agree that taking from the government is introducing them into your life and bowing to their mandates potentially.

Is there a resource you can point to for those interested but new to homeschooling in Ohio?

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4poland21(96 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

In Poland, the district receives around $2300 per pupil from the state in what is called "Basic Aid" funding.

When a student from the school district of Poland chooses another school (alternative, charter, parochial, home), the state subtracts $5783 from our state allocation.

But wait, the state only gives the school $2300 for that student, so where does the extra $3400 come from? YOU. The local taxpayer. YOUR tax dollars are paying for a Poland student to choose another school. Even worse, in some cases the school does not even get the "tuition" money! Charters and online schools do, but parochial schools do not.

Ohio School Funding is already broke, and open enrollment in academically successful districts should not be an option.

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5msminday(1 comment)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The state gives charter schools the basic state aid, which amounts to about $5700 per pupil. Charters get no additional money for facilities, and they get no money from local taxes.

The example using Poland above fails to recognize that a student from Poland who goes to a charter just takes the basic state aid he or she is guaranteed. The only reason why the state only gives Poland $2300 per pupil is because of the high property value in Poland--the local taxes. Also I doubt many students leave Poland for charters. Typically, the students attending charters are in the urban districts, like Youngstown.

Plus studies show that charter schools spend LESS money and spend that money more efficiently. See the articles below:

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blo...

http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/2011/...

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