Texas: Charter Lobby Seeks Capital Funding

In general charter schools have proven to be less effective than public schools. When will this “fad” mentality end? Texas like many other states are going to have to get proper funding for all children, whether in a public or charter school. One should not be short-changed at the expense of the other.

Diane Ravitch's blog

The charter industry in Texas wants to take part of the capital funding that now goes to public schools. Charter schools in Texas do not perform as well as public schools, but they have a powerful lobby of business elites who are contemptuous of public schools.

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/texas-charter-schools-see-obstacle-to-growth/nr33z/

Currently, public schools are required to give space to charter schools. Public education in Texas have been underfunded since the legislature cut $5.2 Billion from them in 2011.

But charters want their own dedicated funding stream, even though the funding will be taken from public schools.

Here’s a thought: why don’t the billionaires like John Arnold and Tecans for Education pay for charter facilities?

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