I have been a public school teacher for eleven years, seven of those at two different charter schools. At charters I saw students turned away because “we lack the resources of the public school district to provide what is best for your child” and tens of thousands of dollars being sent to Charter Management Organizations in other states.
Between boutique charter schools in wealthy districts where community involvement is promoted through open-bar friends and alumni events, to needs-based charters in failing school districts with no school nurse but a $40,000 STEM festival, there is a lack of public oversight as to how public education funds are being spent.
The statistics are clear that charter schools serve a disproportionate number of our most at risk populations. Charter stakeholders argue that funding follows students, but they ignore the increased personnel and funding required to help the most at-risk populations.
As long as there are questions about how charter schools are spending public education money, and as long as there are concerns about the equitable distribution of funds among all of our public school students, Massachusetts should keep the cap.
Vote No on 2; ensure accountability and that public education funds are used for public education for all the Commonwealth’s students.