To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Protect Oct. 1 Funding
Date: Tue Feb 10 22:50:58 MST 2015
Utah charter schools need to maintain the October 1 headcount for at least one more year. 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 funding between 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!
Mrs. Marie Steffensen
1st Grade Teacher