It’s interesting that Miami-Dade County Public Schools has issued a rallying cry to PTA/PTSA members to speak out against the charter school capital outlay funding that would be provided by Florida HB 873. A few miles north of district headquarters, we are scratching our heads.
In Miami Shores, it’s easy to identify a funding inequity. It’s not a story of our poor district school. It’s a story of our poor charter school.
Our village built and opened its own municipal charter school in 2005 on which our taxpayers still owe $4.05 million. Then, in 2012, that same beleaguered Shores resident began paying the district’s $1.2 billion 21st Century bond for capital outlay improvements to district schools only.
Our own Doctors Charter School started out receiving over $450 per student annually in capital outlay. Our school has been very responsible with those dollars. By this school year, capital outlay payments are down to $193 per student. How are we supposed to pay those expenses?
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PolitiFact Florida said it best when it studied this funding inequity and determined that district capital funding per student is $1,300 while the charter school student received $200. May the House and Senate see this truth and work to correct it for all charter school students statewide.
Alice Burch, mayor, Miami Shores