UPDATE includes statement from charter school group: Maintaining kids need more choices, Board of Education member Kadisha Coates recently appeared on the Connecticut Fox News program The Real Story pushing for more charter schools that opponents argue steal funds from needy district schools. Charters receive state funds but operate independently from traditional public schools. It raises a question, where should her loyalties be?
A bill has been submitted in the Connecticut legislature to place a moratorium on charter schools.
According to former Board of Education member Maria Pereira, an opponent of charter schools, the state provides each charter school $11,500 per child and provides each Bridgeport public school student with $8,600.
Seems that Coates, according to what she declares during the interview, needs some coaching on funding sources for charter schools.
This video was also featured on the Facebook feed of Families for Excellent Schools, the pro-charter school organization based in New York City with ties to Wall Street funders. FES has identified Kadisha Coates as one on their “parent leaders.”
According to state law, public charter schools receive $11,000 per-child from the state for the 2014-2015 school year. That total is all the funding charters receive — they don’t get both state and local funds like district schools. According to U.S. Census data, on average, Connecticut school districts spend $16,274 per-child. That’s over $5,000 more than our state’s public charter schools have to support their students.Still, there are thousands of children on waiting lists for charter schools across the state, because charters are providing the great education all students deserve. Parents in Bridgeport deserve the opportunity to choose the school that’s the best fit for their child. That means giving them access to options like public charter schools.Sources:Per-pupil funding: Connecticut State Department of Education. “Biennial Report on the Operation of Charter Schools in Connecticut.” 2014. Hyperlink:http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/equity/charter/report_on_the_operation_of_charter_schools.pdf.Statewide per-pupil average funding: U.S. Census Bureau. “Public Education Finances: 2012.” May 2014. Hyperlink: http://www2.census.gov/govs/school/12f33pub.pdf.