To those opposing this amendment because it would add to the bureaucracy, keep in mind that schools chartered by the commission will receive substantially fewer dollars per student than almost all traditional public schools. The enabling legislation provides state money equal to the average local share of the 5 poorest districts in the state. At that savings per student, this amendment could be a net savings eventually.
More importantly, parents fed up with local schools are begging to send their children to charter schools that receive substantially less money per student. That is the strongest indication possible that those parents believe these charter schools can educate their children better and less expensively than the traditional public school system.
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