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It doesn't get returned to the public schools.   There are so many inequities like that in this state.

The worst lately is the spin of oh goody they are giving more money to education this year....well, no, not public education.  

From the Bradenton Herald.

Legislature's political game with public schools

Florida's Legislature and governor boast about blessing K-12 education with an additional $547.8 million in the coming fiscal year, bringing total spending on public schools to a record $18.9 billion.

On the surface, the infusion of a half billion dollars certainly looks like a banner year for public schools. Dig deeper, though, and another perspective comes to light. Two phrases -- truth in advertising and follow the money -- come into play.

.....The upshot of this year's education budget: The burden of paying for public schools is increasing for local property taxpayers, continuing a legislative shift that began in the 1990s with a pause during the recession as property values fell.

The article points out that the PR spin fails to tell us that for two long years public schools got no money for building and maintenance.  None.  

Yet $200 million was allocated for charter schools to be built and maintained.  

There are 2.7 million public school students versus about 230,000 students in charters. Vastly unfair.

But one of the worst parts is that even though charter schools get the per pupil funding, there's a catch.  If the student is sent back to public schools or if the charter school closes....the money stays with the charter school companies.

Charter schools, often operated by for-profit management and real estate development companies, spend far less money on instruction than public schools, and they expend large amounts on management fees and leases.

When charter schools close, those capital assets don't revert to the taxpaying public that paid those costs but remain in private hands -- expanding on the inequity.

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  •  It's another way that evil Rs are stealing money (7+ / 0-)

    I voted tuesday because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Sat May 10, 2014 at 06:23:14 AM PDT

  •  This is just not true. (0+ / 0-)

    When a Florida charter school closes, they have to give everything back to the local public schools. From the Florida State Law:

    (3) When a charter school is nonrenewed or terminated, any unencumbered funds and all equipment and property purchased with district public funds shall revert to the ownership of the district school board, as provided for in s. 1002.33(8)(e) and (f)...
    I will admit that Charter Schools, like any operation involving a lot of money, have a lot of thieving and scamming going on.  But that doesn't invalidate the whole idea of Charters.

    Nearly everybody in the education industry is in it for money. Teachers and administrators get paychecks. Builders and vendors get government contracts. Charter CEOs get pay packages. Textbook and testing companies get sales revenue. Nobody works for free.

    The only people in the game who aren't in it for money are Parents and Students. And that is where the power of CHOICE needs to be focused. Charter schools are one way to increase choices.

    •  I found a longer text of that...confusing. (4+ / 0-)

      And it looks like the rules are open to manipulation.

      (e)When a charter is not renewed or is terminated, the school shall be dissolved under the provisions of law under which the school was organized, and any unencumbered public funds, except for capital outlay funds and federal charter school program grant funds, from the charter school shall revert to the sponsor. Capital outlay funds provided pursuant to s. 1013.62 and federal charter school program grant funds that are unencumbered shall revert to the department to be redistributed among eligible charter schools. In the event a charter school is dissolved or is otherwise terminated, all district school board property and improvements, furnishings, and equipment purchased with public funds shall automatically revert to full ownership by the district school board, subject to complete satisfaction of any lawful liens or encumbrances. Any unencumbered public funds from the charter school, district school board property and improvements, furnishings, and equipment purchased with public funds, or financial or other records pertaining to the charter school, in the possession of any person, entity, or holding company, other than the charter school, shall be held in trust upon the district school board’s request, until any appeal status is resolved.

      (f)If a charter is not renewed or is terminated, the charter school is responsible for all debts of the charter school. The district may not assume the debt from any contract made between the governing body of the school and a third party, except for a debt that is previously detailed and agreed upon in writing by both the district and the governing body of the school and that may not reasonably be assumed to have been satisfied by the district.

      Looks like there are some outs in there for those willing to take advantage of it.  However, some of the charter school resources may have been diverted long before the closing.  Here are a couple of examples I wrote about here earlier in which schools did not get their money back.

      Examples of serious charter school problems in FL. More oversight needed.

      And also the Miami Herald series by Scott Hiaasen and Kathleen McGrory shows the great amount of financial manipulation going on.

      Florida Charter Schools: A Go-Go Industry Awash in Tax Money and Little Oversight

    •  A rigged game doesn't increase "choice." (3+ / 0-)

      Shoveling money to charters while starving the public schools of their already inadequate funding is corruption, not choice - and Florida is afloat in a sea of it. The only choice you have is which entrepreneurial grifter is going to get your $$$.

      Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

      by OrdinaryIowan on Sat May 10, 2014 at 11:47:10 AM PDT

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