From: Jody Murphy
To: Brad Last, Lowry Snow, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, mnoel, Marie Poulson,
Subject: Please vote NO on SB 38
Date: Thu Feb 11 22:50:38 MST 2016
Body:
Dear House Education Committee,

Please oppose SB38

With my own children attending district schools, I believe this bill is faulty and should be thrown out.  There should be a separate state levy for charter schools (as proposed in HB 0193).

1. Taking money from district schools and giving it to charter schools is taxation without representation, as charters have no publicly elected governing body overseeing these tax dollars.

2. There is currently no transparency for funds being diverted to charter schools from district schools on property tax notices.

3. Districts have more below the line legislative mandates for funds than charters do. When these requirements are not taken into account, it can over-inflate district funds. For example, according to the Utah Taxpayers Association’s most recent report, charters spend an average of $5,732.00 per-student per-year. Alpine School District spends an average of $5,508.00 per-student per-year, making a difference of over $200.00 more spent per-charter student. To get a more apples to apples comparison, you can take out transportation costs. This brings the difference to $411.00 more spent per-year on average for a charter school student than an Alpine School District student.

Thank you for hearing my voice and considering ALL the facts before voting on behalf of ALL Utah students,

Sincerely,
Jody Murphy