Wednesday letters: School funds aren’t all the same

December 11, 2013 

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VINCENT GIORDANO

— The Nov. 29 article, “Report: Charter schools struggle with space,” presents public school funding in a manner that perpetuates misconceptions. Public schools have two categories of funds, which can not be mixed: general operations and capital expenses.

Wayne Brazell’s claim that charter schools “pay rent, mortgages or other facility costs using money that traditional public schools are free to direct toward the classroom” confuses this important fact. Drive through the schools in the I-95 corridor and examine the dire need to improve facilities in districts that have low tax bases.

The public should be educated in the truth of how public schools fund new construction, and how operating and building funds are by law separated. This situation places tremendous stress on classroom teachers regardless of new construction.

Jay C. Byars

West Columbia

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