Commentary and Criticism about the National Education Association
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We wrote a post on our Anti-NJEA Blog last week about charter school “disparity” in New Jersey.
This was in response to a New Jersey blogger’s claim that charter schools do not enroll as many special needs, English Language Learners (ELL) and low socio-economic students as regular pubic schools.
His concern about this situation led him to wonder:
“Where then, has the state been during the last decade? Why aren't they demanding better from the entire sector?”
We showed that:
The New Jersey blogger also bemoans the fact that:
“New Jersey charter schools have transferred a lot of money away from the public district schools.”
He finds this state of affairs “highly problematic” because:
“… the state has not bothered to take a serious look at what this means for the overall fiscal health of NJ's public school system.”
He is suggesting that because charter schools have to set up their own “redundant systems of school administration,” taxes will have to increase to cover this inefficiency.
When a student enrolls at a charter school, the local public school no longer has to educate that student. So while they lose funding dollars, they also experience a gain - they no longer have to divert resources to teach that student.
You don't need to raise taxes. Instead, public schools should cut unnecessary resources out of their budgets because the student population is lower.