Wednesday letters: Give charter schools more aid

March 26, 2014 

— Today, 1,000 school choice supporters will rally at the State House in support of access to public school options. S.C. families value school choice and realize that not every student learns the same way or at the same pace.

We celebrate all schools, including traditional neighborhood schools — which work well for many students — but also recognize that students need charter schools, virtual charter schools, magnet schools and other learning options to fit the individual learning needs of advanced learners, those falling behind, those with health problems and those for whom it’s simply the right fit.

The largest disparity is a lack of equitable funding. The average traditional public school receives $11,000 per pupil, while the 15,000 students in the S.C. Public Charter School District receive $6,000 per pupil.

Our taxpayers’ dollars should follow our students to their public school of choice. After all, this is about educating students.

We’d like to thank those legislators who continue to support access to public school options and equitable funding. This year, we will present the Future of Education’s Golden Apple award to Gov. Nikki Haley, Education Superintendent Mick Zais, Sens. Wes Hayes, Nikki Setzler and Tom Alexander and Reps. Phil Owens, Bill Sandifer, Jim Merrill and Kenny Bingham.

Beth Purcell

S.C. Chair, National Board President


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