From: Jane Ketcheside
To: Steve Eliason, Mike Kennedy, Stuart Adams, Lyle Hillyard, Jani Iwamoto, Aaron Osmond, Daniel Thatcher, Steve Urquhart, Joel Briscoe, LaVar Christensen, Bruce Cutler, Becky Edwards, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, nthurston,
Subject: Do Not Eliminate October 1 Headcount
Date: Tue Feb 10 23:54:55 MST 2015
Utah charter schools receive less money overall per student than district schools.  Eliminating the  October 1  headcount for charter schools means the gap between what school districts and charter schools spend per student will get BIGGER.

District schools and charter schools both fill important needs in our communities.  The educational funding gap in Utah puts charter schools at a disadvantage.  We are all in the business of educating the children of Utah in the best ways we possibly can.  Not all children learn the same way, have the same motivating interests/abilities. Therefore, having a variety of public school options is in the best interest of the children of our State.    Why punish charter schools for offering an option that, quite frankly, alleviates a burden from district schools, as well as giving Utah parents an opportunity to find the best educational fit they can for their children? 

Moreover, eliminating the  October 1  headcount for charter schools, and replacing it with ADM plus growth, will not solve the larger problems plaguing Utah education finance. Utah's education system should reward student competency, not a school's ability to keep a child in a seat.  Eliminating the October 1 headcount will relieve pressure to address the real problem , which is exactly the wrong direction to go!

The issues we, as educators, face are complex and require the efforts of all to make education in Utah more equitable, balanced, and collaborative. Financial pressure is real, but cutting down one side to try and "build up" the other is not going to address the real problem. Put aside the bias and realize that the educations of our children are at risk if the state of Utah continues to divide us. Both district and charter schools must find ways to support one another, not break each other down. 


Ms. Jane Ketcheside