Tuesday, April 22, 2008
DISCUSSION: "COMMUNITY SCHOOLS" - GOOD, BAD OR INDIFFERENT IN EFFECT ON STARK COUNTY PUBLIC EDUCATION?
It appears that many community schools are fighting for their very survival.
In a recent piece authored by The Repository's Columbus Bureau Chief (Koystyu), Bill Sims, president/chief executive officer of Ohio Alliance For Public Charter Schools (OAPCS), candidly articulates the fight for funding in light of $101 million in budget cuts mandated on the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for fiscal years 2008 and 2009.
Sims focus on the dollars belies his "apparent" point that charter/community schools do not hurt the finances of public schools.
We remember from the Watergate era the admonition to "follow the money!"
Sims implies in his comments to Koystyu, in the opinion of the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT, that urban school are not making an effective use of public monies but that community schools are.
The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT says that this fight generated by the Ohio community school movement is not about quality of education but staying in business.