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.
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.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.
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.
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.