Charter school implications debated by York City district

Full story: The York Daily Record

The city's middle schools need to be safer and offer a higher quality of education, several parents said during Wednesday's school board meeting.

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Of course they take money away from the public schools. If a district has 4000 students and 100 go to charter schools do you think that the money the district pays to the charter school is offset by cuts in the school district? Of course not. Say you have 24 students in a class and 2 go to charter school. The public school still has to expend the same resources to educate the remaining 22 as it did for the 24. There is no cooresponding reduction in staff or overhead. It's like an airplane. It costs as much to fly a full plane as one that is half full.
Thats my point exactly! if the child is not going to the public school then why should the public school get that money? the money follows the kid. if the kid does not choose to go to the public school why should the public school get the money, it should go to the school that the kid attends. Technically speaking the money doesn't belong to either school the money belongs to the kid.

If you have been a cable subsriber for 30 years and all of a sudden you cancel your subscription and buy dish network,you stop paying cable and now dish network gets paid; but cable should not run around claiming that dish took thier money, the money belongs to the consumer and you may spend it as you wish.

As the public schools loose enrollment, they must reduce thier expenses or they will be in trouble. If more students leave they must reduce staff and or close school buildings, or they will continue to finacial difficultles.

Charters do not take money from public schools, they take students, and the money follows the students. If you have less students, spend less money and you will not have a problem.
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Nov 20, 2009
 
Where does this mentality come from that the public school will decrease spending by the amount they pay a charter school for a student? Obviously you have never had a economics course or run a business. The districts have fixed costs that don't decrease when a student leaves the district. These charter schools are costing the taxpayers money because you are duplicating the services that they are already paying for and now they are forced to pay again.
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Nov 21, 2009
 
Let's talk about this new charter school for teaching students how to cook. Students can go to Vo Tech and get this type of trade. Also who would pay for the transportation, Bus must be provided if students have to cross Rt 30. The new school board is Charter friendly, will they have to approve all the new charter schools presented? Why not have classes in Math and Eng with no more then 15 students instead of 30 and 33. Scores will never go up if a teacher has 30 students who can't add but are expected to teach Alg I to them. Why can't we teach reading in the High School? Our students have problems with Math, Reading and Writing yet these classes are too large for the teachers to have any one on one help and for reading it does not exist. Put money into the classrooms not the buildings.
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Nov 21, 2009
 
city taxpayer wrote:
Let's talk about this new charter school for teaching students how to cook. Students can go to Vo Tech and get this type of trade. Also who would pay for the transportation, Bus must be provided if students have to cross Rt 30. The new school board is Charter friendly, will they have to approve all the new charter schools presented? Why not have classes in Math and Eng with no more then 15 students instead of 30 and 33. Scores will never go up if a teacher has 30 students who can't add but are expected to teach Alg I to them. Why can't we teach reading in the High School? Our students have problems with Math, Reading and Writing yet these classes are too large for the teachers to have any one on one help and for reading it does not exist. Put money into the classrooms not the buildings.
What community groups has the district actively solicited to bring volunteers into the classrooms to help teach high school students to read? I personally don't know and if there is a need for this in our schools I know that The United Way maintains a website http://volunteer.united-e-way.org/uwoyc/volun... that lists the available volunteer opportunities in our community as well as matching their registered volunteers with new volunteer opportunities, the York County Literacy Council has well trained volunteer literacy coaches who might be willing to volunteer in the schools if they were asked or invited. Another site that matches volunteers with opportunities in their communities is http://www.volunteermatch.org . Community volunteers are the logical cost effective solution.

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Feb 12, 2010
 
We have charter schools in State College,we like them.The classes are small and the students are better educated.They do not waste money on sports or building upgrades that are not needed.They do create a healthy competive atmosphere for the regular schools providing benefit to all the students.Move over district schools a new kid is on the block.

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