Why? So their children will receive the benefits of an education, just like the children of parents who live in the suburbs and exurbs.
How big was that boom? Hollywood PATCH.com is reporting that, in 2015, $500M worth of per pupil funding to LAUSD went to 221 charter schools--the most in the nation--having grown by 300% between 2005 and 2015. Last year, that funding paid tuition for the 16% of LAUSD students whose parents have opted them out of the monopoly.
Isn't that terrific? Parents who want their children to receive the benefits of an education but otherwise couldn't get them out of those failing urban public schools are doing so in record numbers in LAUSD. Bravo!
But, rather than ask why those parents are marching their children over to charter schools and doing something to remedy the sources of the problem, the United Teachers-Los Angeles (UT-LA)--the public school teachers' union--is screaming foul.
UT-LA commissioned a study to determine just how much money those 221 charter schools--56 of which operate rent-free on district campuses--were sucking out of the monopoly. (Note: Those "campuses" are otherwise empty public schools and "rent-free" keeps the tuition cost down to LAUSD.)
According to the study, LAUSD "lost":
- $508.3M in student enrollment funds;
- $15.3Min oversight costs not paid by charters;
- $2.1Min oversight costs for co-located schools;
- $10.4 M in additional special education costs; and,
- $86k in in-lieu property taxes.
Of these findings, the President of UT-LA, Alex Caputo-Pearl, said:
This report is a first step in a necessary process to understand what it would take to have a sustainable system for all students, both in charters and in district schools. It took over 12 years of declining enrollment at LAUSD to get an accounting of the financial strain of charter school growth. We cannot wait another 12 years to address the consequences it is having on public education and our students.
What are those union bosses going to do to win back those disaffected, if not disgruntled customers?
Let the discussion begin...
To access the HollywoodPATCH.com, article, click on the following link: