Rural Community Academy offering education alterntive as a charter school since 2004

Mar 2, 2011 Full story: Linton Daily Citizen 12

Rural Community Academy, a state tuition-free charter school, is flourishing in the small Sullivan County community of Graysville.

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sullivan mom

Terre Haute, IN

#1 Mar 3, 2011
My kids attend the "public" schools and I pay for tuition, supplies, school trips and much much more. I am furious that the State is considering allocating money for a charter school. Charter schools are like private schools and should function without State help. As for flourshing, well yes if you count the fact that all of the kids "pass" the ISEP (no way) and that there are no reports of abuse (I know this isn't true). The school tells the public what they want and of course everything is "perfect" there. There is a reason that most of those kids attend there - they aren't allowed back into the public school system.
areyouserious

Anonymous Proxy

#2 Mar 3, 2011
You don't pay tuition at a public school...your taxes pay for it. While the school may want help with supplies and trips, the school underwrites most of the expense with the tax base.

Charter schools have to meet state standards and requirements. They aren't give a pass. Charter schools and private schools historically score higher because class sizes are smaller and the kids get more personal attention.

Oh, and by the way....kids don't attend there because they aren't allowed into the public school system. Its a matter of choice. One or two that you might be talking about are lucky to be there to get an education and maybe not turn out stupid like you...
want to know

Vincennes, IN

#3 Mar 3, 2011
then why are some parents that where so thankful about RCA now taking their kids out of RCA and back to sullivan schools if RCA is so great, and yes there are some kids there that only RCA wants, and sullivan is glad their gone
Sick of the BS

Bloomington, IN

#4 Mar 3, 2011
Ok, as far as the ISTEP goes, the state IDOE has the say so as to if RCA passes. The results are available through the IDOE not just what the school wants you to hear.
Charter schools are public schools, they are simply not traditional. As long as the child resides in the state of Indiana and the parents can get them to the school, and there is no waiting list, RCA is required to accept them.
As to pulling kids out, I don't know, mine has been there for four years and is going back next year.
I am not going to slam any school one way or another; sorry but no school system is perfect and never will be. All school corporations have problems. It is about CHOICE and what a parent thinks is best for their child.
Real life

United States

#5 Mar 3, 2011
Are u smoking crack about no tuition in public schools? Book fees are unreal. The state has cut so much funding the kids have to bring in supplies for the teacher! Charter schools should NOT be funded with my tax dollar. If you want your child in private school YOU should pay for it !
My tax dollar too

Bloomington, IN

#6 Mar 4, 2011
I pay taxes too and if I want my child to go to a charter school I should have that choice. A charter school is NOT a private school. You can send your child there as well for the same cost as any other public school.
Also be aware that charter schools receive only a little over 50% of the tax dollars per student that ALL other PUBLIC schools get.
sullivan mom

Terre Haute, IN

#7 Mar 4, 2011
My tax dollar too wrote:
I pay taxes too and if I want my child to go to a charter school I should have that choice. A charter school is NOT a private school. You can send your child there as well for the same cost as any other public school.
Also be aware that charter schools receive only a little over 50% of the tax dollars per student that ALL other PUBLIC schools get.
Charter schools are a choice when you don't like what is offered. It is not my responsibility to pay for that. The public schools function entirely on state funding and can not afford to have money taken away from them for a school who only allows 20 kids per grade. Come on, if you want your kids there then you pay for it.
sullivan mom

Terre Haute, IN

#8 Mar 4, 2011
areyouserious wrote:
You don't pay tuition at a public school...your taxes pay for it. While the school may want help with supplies and trips, the school underwrites most of the expense with the tax base.
Charter schools have to meet state standards and requirements. They aren't give a pass. Charter schools and private schools historically score higher because class sizes are smaller and the kids get more personal attention.
Oh, and by the way....kids don't attend there because they aren't allowed into the public school system. Its a matter of choice. One or two that you might be talking about are lucky to be there to get an education and maybe not turn out stupid like you...
Get your facts straight before you post please. I paid over $300 this school year in book fees. On top of that I had to supply the school with copy paper, construction paper, dry erase markers, kleenex, clorox wipes, pencils, crayons, markers, pens (both blue and red) and I pay for every trip that my kids take. As for me being stupid, well I wont "slame" you. I am speaking about things that I know to be truth. I suggest that you do some research before you post anymore.
sullivan mom

Terre Haute, IN

#9 Mar 4, 2011
My tax dollar too wrote:
I pay taxes too and if I want my child to go to a charter school I should have that choice. A charter school is NOT a private school. You can send your child there as well for the same cost as any other public school.
Also be aware that charter schools receive only a little over 50% of the tax dollars per student that ALL other PUBLIC schools get.
No the cost is not the same. I pay book fees and send supplies to the school for "all" the kids to use. Charter schools shouldn't receive any state money. If you want your kids to go there then you pay for it.
once again

Dallas, TX

#10 Mar 4, 2011
Well Sulllivan mom, you get YOUR facts straight.
Book fees are NOT tuition. That's why they call them book fees. Look in the dictionary if you don't want to believe me.
And if you're bitching about having to pay for supplies at a public school, maybe you should talk to Waterman and the rest of them in Indy that spends your tax money.
And while you are in the dictionary, see the difference between public, charter, and private schools. Sounds like you are against a child getting an education so they can be a produtive part of society - or do you just want to pick out the individual children you wish to help??
Do you own research....and what the hell is "slame"??
My tax dollar too

Bloomington, IN

#11 Mar 4, 2011
sullivan mom wrote:
<quoted text>
Charter schools are a choice when you don't like what is offered. It is not my responsibility to pay for that. The public schools function entirely on state funding and can not afford to have money taken away from them for a school who only allows 20 kids per grade. Come on, if you want your kids there then you pay for it.
You are missing the point; I PAY TAXES same as you and have whether I have a child in school or not. I do now. I also pay the same book fees as well as all of the same class room supplies that every other school asks for. Charter schools receive one fund from the state called the "general fund", all other public schools receive six funds from the state (including the same general fund). The "general fund" equals a little over half of what the total of the six funds ALL other public school receive. That means RCA gets by on a a little over half of what the other schools do and can provide a better education; so in essence as a tax payer I DO PAY for my child to attend RCA and that is MY CHOICE!
just another tax payer

Sullivan, IN

#12 Mar 4, 2011
I have no children in school but pay taxes for it every year. One of my friends home schooled all of her children through graduation and still paid taxes for public schools. By some people's thinking we should be excluded from this, yet we aren't. RCA provides an education for children, I would much rather pay for that education than provide a crooked politician with a life of luxury undeserved. But that's just my thinking.

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