To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Please Support SB 38
Date: Sat Feb 27 06:38:11 MST 2016
Dear Representative Lifferth,
I am writing you today to ask for your support for Senate Bill (SB) 38 (School Funding Amendments).
In the fall of 2000 I have became involved with starting a charter school in Utah and have remained involved to some degree since then. In the years since then proponents of charters have rightfully pushed for funding parity with district schools since all public school students deserve equal funding.
A valid question is, "what constitutes funding parity?" Though some say that is debatable, I believe SB 38 represents one of the final steps toward achieving that goal.
Over the years I've heard various charter opponents claim that early charter proponents 'promised to do more for less'. Since my involvement in 2000, I never heard a charter proponent make that statement or promise. Some years ago I personally researched the claim. During that time I was given a copy of a letter written to the 2006 Utah legislature by Brian Allen, then a member of the State Charter School Board. Mr. Allen previously served in the Utah House and was the original sponsor of the Utah Charter Schools Act of 1998 (1S HB 145, "Schools for the 21st Century). In his letter, Mr. Allen details his experience as sponsor of that bill and the legislature's intentions for charter school funding. Nowhere in that letter is there any indication that 'charter schools would do more for less'.
Not finding any evidence of the claim I am left with the theory that the statement or promise actually originated in some form by early opponents of Utah charter schools. Somehow the claim stuck and thus it is still inaccurately reported that early proponents made that promise.
Please support SB 38, for all public school students deserve an equal funding playing field - regardless of claims of a phantom promise.