Frequently the question of adding more public charter schools comes up. We should always remember that public charter schools were originated to provide education for those demographics our public schools could not. Thus, charter schools serve as a "compliment" to our public schools vs. having a replacement status. An example would include Pepin Academy - a public charter school which serves only learning related disabilities.
Public charter schools were not intended to replace, duplicate, or receive dedicated funds for our public schools. Remember, there is one pot of money for education; our state legislature and local leaders need to be reminded to not "rob Peter to pay Paul".
What is your position on the expansion of public charter schools in Hillsborough County?
Yes, for continued expansion under these conditions:
2. To determine where they are best needed and if they “best serve the needs of our kids”,
4. To gain a clear understanding of their funding, where they are getting it from, and how they are spending it
Consider the Facts:
1. Currently, in Florida there are 17,000 students (estimated Hillsborough County) in our public charter schools and 206,000(est) students in public schools...consider that when you look at public education funding. Also, consider us taxpayers foot the bill for public charter schools; and if they fail, students frequently return to existing public schools.
2. There are currently 47 operating and 56 approved public charter schools.
3. In 2016, the growth of For-Profit charter schools will increase duplication in curriculum, specialization, and location to existing public charter schools. Check out: Charter Schools USA