The Times ran an article the other day that I read as criticism of Texans For Education Reform (TER).
While the article spent little time explaining what TER is up to they did seem to give special emphasis to what they think is wrong with the group.
The article even had subheadings like “Objections”, “Connections”, and “Replacement not, persuasion”.
They did explain that TER is a proponent of more charter schools. One of the cited objections is that the charter schools use “public school money”. It is true that charter schools get funding from the state. How the money became “public school money” was not explained.
The article did not point out that charter schools do not get any of our local property taxes. In EPISD local tax revenue accounts for about 35% of their revenue.
My point here is neither to endorse nor condemn charter schools. From a financial perspective however for every student that attends a charter school the public schools are getting 35% of their normal per student revenue and are bearing zero percent of the cost of their education.
Please let us know what your thoughts are about charter schools.
We deserve better