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The school budget crisis has been a consistent theme in the local newspapers over the past few months. But I notice two words conspicuously missing from this debate: Charter Schools. Why is this concept relevant to the budget? Let’s look at the example of the Hillsboro School District, where I live. Here are some interesting facts about City View, Hillsboro’s one charter school:
- City View spends only about $4774 per student, compared to the district’s overall spending of about $11,507 per student ($240,752,767 budget / 20923 students, in the proposed budget posted online).
- City View has a waiting list of 147 students.
- City View asked for permission to grow its capacity by 200, but this request was refused by the school board in 2010. In 2011 the board allowed a slight expansion– by only 16 students.
Tags: charter schools, education, OEA, Oregon, public education, school funding, spending, teacher unions
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