Letter to the editor: A double dip?


A double dip?

As the Douglas County School Board attempts to have charter parents get behind a possible bond election, are they selling out neighborhood schools for votes? If charter schools were built to the same standards as local schools, would ongoing maintenance be an issue?

This push for their vote would be justified if charter schools did not receive additional dollars from the state for capital needs that our neighborhood schools do not receive. By my calculations over $4 million is received by charters in Douglas County to meet their capital needs each year. Granted, the majority is probably used to pay off debt, but taxpayers are still paying off debt for bonds to build our neighborhood schools.

Charters are there to be independent of local influence and should shoulder the responsibility of operating independently. They already receive per-pupil funding and 100 percent of local mill levy override funds in addition to extra funds from the state for capital needs. I agree asking voters for more bond money to meet capital needs of our neighborhood schools is needed, but it should go to our neighborhood schools that do not receive the extra state money for capital needs.

You can use the emotional plug that this is for all kids in Douglas County but are charters double dipping the system?

Dave Usechek



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