Did you pull your kids out of the public school system and put ’em in a charter program? Like I did?
Start looking for a new school. If Mark Dayton gets elected and pushes his “budget plan” through, you’ll need to start looking for a new program for your kids.
That’s right – Dayton plans to kill off charter schools.
Oh, he can plausibly claim he’s not “killing” them; merely cutting a piece of their funding that the Star Tribune says is “prone to abuse”.
No, seriously; item 16 in the Dayton Budget proposal says “Reform Charter School Lease Aid Program to eliminate Star Tribune documented abuses. Est. Savings $20 million (out of biennial cost of $85 million).”
Still, it’s a tiny amount of money in the great scheme of things – but it will pay off a big chit to the Teachers Union.
I wonder if Dayton’s focus-group testing bothered to ask all the African-American, Native American, Somali and Hispanic parents – who’ve pulled their kids out of their failed public schools to give them a shred of hope, and are charter schools’ biggest proponents – what they think about this? Not to mention parents like me…
Oh yeah – cuts in lease aid will affect the charters serving poor kids, with not-that-well-to-do parents, the most. Charters in Stillwater and Eden Prairie with backers with more financial clout will figure out a way – bake sales or construction bonds or something. But all you Afro-American parents who pulled your kids out of Central High to go to Skills for Tomorrow?
Get back in line and speak only when spoken to!
And I do most sincerely hope the Emmer Campaign is going to do a get-together with charter parents in the inner city before the election. Have you looked at the percent of students at inner-city charters that are kids of color who are fleeing our wretched failure of a city public school system?
Without lease aid, charter schools will not be able to generate the revenue they need to survive.
Coming up at 1PM: The Law is what Mark Dayton says it is!
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