Wednesday, June 22, 2016
GOP Geniuses -- School Funding Scheme Favors Charter Schools
(I routinely flog the Columbus Dispatch for being an amateurish conservative tool -- which it is -- but today writers Bill Bush and Mary Morgan Edwards told me something I didn't know. Did you know this? Now that I know it, I don't like it. An excerpt follows.)
The Ohio General Assembly has a formula for determining the per-student amount each district and charter school should receive.
The formula says that Columbus schools and all the charters that serve students who live in the district were owed a total of $387.2 million from the state last school year, or $5500 per student on average.
But the state doesn't have that much, so the GOP-dominated General Assembly capped the total at 296.9 million, with the twist that charters still get their full per-pupil amount, and the district gets anything left over. Columbus City schools got less than $3000 per student; charters got $7866 per student.
Today, Columbus charters get $142.4 million to teach 18,000 students. The Columbus city schools get $154.4 million to teach the remaining 52,000 kids, many of whom rank among the poorest in the state.