I started reading Washington State Supreme Court Ruling charters and the use of public funds and I started thinking about school districts and referendums here in Delaware. When we vote in a referendum, we vote to increase or not to increase our taxes. When we vote to increase our taxes, we are agreeing to give school districts an increase. Since our schools are funded by both the state and local taxes does the General Assembly have a right to establish laws allowing our local money to leave our local school districts? As an example, when the State Board of Education approves a new charter in a school district, where are the taxpayers voices? Taxpayers voted to raise their taxes to give more money to their school district, not to give their taxes to a new charter school. The state is approving charters to go into a school district using local funds paid by the residents of that school district to fund a school that neither the resident or the district approved. It will be interesting to see what happens over the few months.
I provided two other cases that I found; 2011 Georgia Supreme Court ruling and June 2015 Arizona ruling.
2011 Georgia Supreme Court: Only local school boards can create charter schools
June 2015 Arizona high court lets stand ruling on charter school funding
You do understand that the only local funds that flow to a Charter School is the per pupil expenses of a resident child attending the Charter School right? So in essence, the parent who choose to enroll in a Charter School also has chosen to send their local funding to a Charter School. There are no extra local funds that flow out. The belief that charters are draining fund is just wrong. They are also draining expenses then also, since the local school district does not need to spend find educating these student.
Not understand math I see.
Charters do whatever they want WTFinDelaware. Nice screen name by the way. When I look at Delaware charters, and the amount of stuff they get away with, that is the true WTF!
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My hope is that the Washington state ruling will start similar examinations and discussions across the country surrounding governance and funding of “private” public schools.
I’m amazed that idiots after all the evidence has been paraded before them,, still think that charter schools do not steal funding from public schools… Where have they been living… In a rock?
Free Public Schools
CHAPTER 5. CHARTER SCHOOLS
§ 509 School financing.
Here it is!