Friday, July 10, 2009

Charter School, after losing 7% of Students, Sues State over Decreased Taxpayer Funding. Double Standard?

For private educators at charter schools, syphoning taxpayer dollars from public schools is just part of a competitive market place, where only the strong survive. But if that "school for hire" loses students and state funding based on enrollment, suddenly, nothing could be more unfair. (Just a reminder: This is only the beginning. Private business interests will never want to stop reaching into the pockets of cash strapped taxpayers sold on the money saving promises of "choice.")

AP — A public charter school in Boise, Idaho needs an additional $180,000 to pay teachers their final paycheck for the 2008-2009 school year … Hidden Springs Charter School says administrators were counting on the outcome of a lawsuit to pay teachers through the end of the year.

The charter school lost 7 percent of its students during the 2007-2008 school year,
and filed a lawsuit in November after the state decreased its funding by about
$250,000 due to the enrollment drop. In June, an Idaho judge upheld the state
Department of Education's decision to reduce funding for the charter school based on the number of student enrolled.

How crazy is that? It appears the privateers are addicted to taxpayer handouts of support. Where’s all that free market talk now?

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