From: Dina Wecker
To: Howard Stephenson, 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: Please allow Charter Schools the October 1st headcount for one more year
Date: Tue Feb 10 23:18:35 MST 2015
 The October 1st headcount deadline is very important to Utah charter schools.
  • Utah charter schools already receive less per student than Utah district schools.
  • Eliminating the October 1 headcount would cost Utah charter schools $5 million to $6 million.
  • Eliminating the October 1 headcount would exacerbate the inequitable fundingbetween charter schools and school districts.
Charter schools do receive more state funding per student than school districts. However,  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.

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!

Dina Wecker
MS Language Arts
Entheos Academy, Kearns