Manatee school district recommends cutting bus rides for charter students

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  • RowlettParent posted at 3:07 pm on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    RowlettParent Posts: 1

    The news article has a couple fact errors. First, busing is not free to the charter schools in question...they pay the district for it. The online survey question is very misleading. Though bus service is obviously "free" to students, it is NOT free to the charter schools. The charters pay the busing costs to the district, and the state reimburses the charter about half of that. The state also reimburses the District about half of the cost of busing traditional (non-charter) students. According to the District, only 4 of the 11 charters use District buses, and that cost is $695,000 (not $400,000). It is important to note that the 4 charters in question are all non-profit, public charter schools. It is also important to distinguish between non-profit public charters, for-profit charters, and traditional public schools. The only difference between non-profit public charters like Rowlett and MSA and traditional public schools that are managed through the district, is that funding is sent directly to the charter school from the state to manage at the school level as opposed to a failing district that has managed to dig themselves $9 million dollars in the hole. We think we can do a better job and avoid losing the programs and teachers that make our schools so unique and special. We intend to pay our fair share and understand that there is no free lunch (or bus in this case).

     
  • Mtrap posted at 6:13 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Mtrap Posts: 1

    How interesting that some of the very kids who ran from the financially defunct public system to the charter school of their choice, are now being forced right back into that system that failed them before. Doesn't seem right to me. Doesn't this make school choice available only to the automobile privileged?

     

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