It signals the latest attempt by the charter industry to tap into facilities funding for traditional public schools. Public schools need to renovate old buildings and upgrade technology infrastructure. Charters do not have to meet traditional public school state facility standards. Charters are supposed to be cheaper. Their real estate companies are making millions of dollars. Why give them more?
I have compiled a list of posts on this issue. Take a look and build arguments to make charter school policies more rational. Charters should make our educational system better, not destroy it. You can write letters, make presentations and make a difference.
The usual strategy by charters is to seek state PECO funding for facilities. The fund, however, is drying up. Charters want their own fund paid for by the taxpayers. They also want a share of any local referendum money that the voters pass for public schools. As long as charters compete with traditional schools rather than enhance them, what money there is will be divided up. School programs are duplicated, and many just become smaller. No sector will have enough to operate effectively. Below I have gathered some blog posts that further explain the problems:
- Charter school facilities: Your money, their property (PECO fund bill HB 7037) http://lwveducation.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3674&action=edit
- More local property taxes to charters? Say no (HB 7037 facilities funding bill) http://lwveducation.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3766&action=edit
- Better to light one candle than curse the darkness (Facilities financing from bonds and other sources. This is a very comprehensive explanation of alternative funding strategies.) http://lwveducation.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3249&action=edit
- Is HB 377 charter bill inspired by Alec (Separate proposed funding stream for charters plus facilities funding) http://lwveducation.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1340&action=edit
- Empty schools: eyesores or opportunities? (Should public schools share facilities?) http://lwveducation.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=4444&action=edit
- Where did the money lead? (CSUSA facilities real estate practices in Hillsborough County)http://lwveducation.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2435&action=edit