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Date Posted: 07:31:15 10/27/09 Tue
Author: Larry
Subject: For the sake of accuracy, letís get specific
In reply to: Donald F. Valtman 's message, "Think it through . . ." on 11:07:46 10/21/09 Wed

That these lawsuits (APS is the fifth school district to file) are about money isnít an opinion, itís in Gwinnettís complaint. Paragraph G on page 14 specifically states that if correct per student QBE funding is restored to both Ivy Prep and GCPS, all constitutional arguments are dropped and the lawsuit is over.

More importantly, it is essential to understand these lawsuits involve ONLY commission charter schools. There are over 120 charter schools in Georgia, but only two commission charter schools in the entire state Ė Ivy Prep and Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts & Technology. The other 100+ charter schools are either already, or at risk of, losing funds to commission charter schools. To see the problem, consider this hypothetical example:

A county school system consists of 100 identical students and receives $4000 per student - a total of $400,000 - in state QBE funds. A commission charter school opens in this county. Exactly half the student population is accepted at this school and the remaining half attends the county school. Previously, the total state funding would be split equally between the two schools and each would receive $200,000 or $4000 per student. This is the method by which Ivy Prep was funded last year. State funds followed the student to the school they attended and donít let anyone tell you otherwise.

What changed this year is commission schools receive additional funding that is deducted directly from other public schools, including other charter schools. Using exact numbers from the lawsuit and applying them to our hypothetical example yields this:

The commission charter school would receive $300,000 for their 50 students ($6000 per student) and the county school would be reduced to $100,000 for their 50 students ($2000 per student). Even though both schools had the same number of students, the commission charter school gets 75% of all state funding. Thatís the problem.

Again, this isnít something that may happen some day, it is EXACTLY what the state did this year applied to a hypothetical example to eliminate this ďah, itís only .000000003 per cent of what they getĒ bullshit that results from comparing total funding for a couple hundred kids to total funding for over 150,000 kids.

My daughter has exclusively attended GCPS and is a national top academic performer. Her ITBS grade equivalent was 13+ when she was in eighth grade. I keep asking the same question: why should QBE funding she deserves be ripped away from her school and handed over to Ivy Prep?

As you have likely noticed, I have asked this on Bobís blog, the AJCís blog, sent it in emails and it appeared in print in the GDP.

I have yet to receive any type of answer and thereís a reason for that.

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