Saxton Rips School Funding. – S. Scarmack

Scarmack, Sandy.  “Saxton Rips School Funding.”  The Herald.  March 20, 2012.  http://sharonherald.com/local/x765741399/Saxton-rips-Ohio-school-funding

The author reports on the State Finance Subcommittee testimony of  school superintendent Tim Saxton.  Superintendent Saxton was angry about the amount of funding his district is receiving, the amount going to charter schools and also the lack of instruction the students are receiving from the local charter schools.

While charter schools aren’t solely to blame for the district’s financial woes, Saxton said the state’s system of funding allows charter schools to garner nearly $6,753 for each student enrolled, while public schools get $3,916. That’s because, Saxton said, “the money follows the student.”

While the “uneven playing field” is detrimental to the district’s wallet, Saxton said he is more concerned about the poor quality of education students receive from several online schools. Of nine area charter schools serving Brookfield students, only one is rated as “effective” by the state. Six others are listed by the state as on academic watch or academic emergency.

For example, he said, one of the more popular online schools, Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, met only five of 26 state effectiveness indicators. A report card issued by the state placed Summit Academy of Warren (one of 10 indicators) and Summit Academy of Youngstown (zero of 12 indicators) on academic emergency.

“If those were our numbers, I’d be out of work and all the students would be looking for another school to attend,” he said.

Saxton pointed out that charter schools offer no athletics, transportation, lunches or even a full-day’s education, yet are funded at twice the levels of public schools. “There are no contractual obligations, no board policy and none of them are really local districts,” he said.

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