In the coming battle on amendment 1162 the anti-charter special interest groups will assail the for-profit management services contracted by our non-profit public charter school.
This assault is weak as our conventional public schools also use for-profit entities. They regularly enter into large dollar contracts with for-profit entities like designers and contractors to construct schools and with our board-appointed superintendent for his management services.
Why is this efficient and effective method of business not valid for the operation of a charter school?
The anti-charter special interest groups will claim 1162 is an assault on “local control.”
We gave and continue to entrust authority to the local school board. We will decide in November if we want to expand that trust and enrich our public school experience with school choice in the form of state funded charter schools.
The most fundamental form of “local control” is a parent with a choice.
The anti-charter special interest groups will claim that they are for charter schools but that 1162 should not pass until the conventional public schools are fully funded. This is disingenuous.
The Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula on which this claim is based is broken. It promises money that is not there to give.
No budget will ever be fully funded under QBE.