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"we determined that the authorization of this charter school...would pose a considerable negative fiscal impact to the overall district,"
"My biggest concern was where we are financially,"
Obviou$ly, the children come fir$t. As long as the status quo education monopoly continues to be the gatekeeper for any competitor, this will be the result. It's like forcing Lowe's to get permission from Home Depot before they can open a store.
With Blount County spending $8284, Maryville at $9403 and Alcoa at $10,128 per student per year, while local private schools are operating in the $6k range, they ought to be exceptional - their spending sure is. Plus, if they are so great and everyone is just happy as can be, then the new charter would close up rather quickly, no?
Public charters ARE public schools (by definition they use public funds). They use LESS funds because they do not receive the federal funding portion that the existing public schools do. Because they do not take the federal carrot, they don't have to jump through the same federal hoops - something your local public school is currently enjoying with NCLB and the new-and-improved Common Core State Standards courtesy of the federal government. The only question I'm begging is: why should Blount County taxpayers spend 50%+ more for a public school education that is performing so well that we are begging Obama and Arne Duncan for a get-out-of-school-free waiver on the federal adequate yearly progress requirements?
"Public education should not [sic] in the business of making a small group happy at the expense of the vast majority."
That's rich irony considering the public system exists largely on the forced benevolence of every single property owner at the threat of losing their real property via tax liens. How many of those parents at Maryville or Alcoa will fork over $9-10k per year per student? That's exactly what this small group is asking their neighbors to do. It's also what has Blount County a quarter billion in variable rate debt.
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