So when Senator Dan Soucek was praised in a local grocery store for his support for Senate Bill 8, which will not only lift the cap on the number of Charter schools in the state but also force the public schools to share increasing amounts of their funding with the charters, Mr. Soucek reportedly said that his main concern was the "amount of misinformation" being circulated.
Actually, he might more accurately have said that he was concerned that the true impact of SB8 was actually getting out to the people, and that's a problem.
· The bill provides funding to charter school students at the expense of students educated in traditional public schools.
· The bill gives charters funding for services they do not provide.
· The bill will require that funds raised by public school athletic or band booster clubs be shared with charter schools.
· School lunch money, both through the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program and through any local supplemental cafeteria sales, will be required to be shared with charter schools.
· The bill will make it unaffordable for local public schools to continue operating a pre-kindergarten program because funds for Head Start, Smart Start and More at Four all must be shared with charter schools.
· The bill will provide a “school choice” for some students but not for all.
· Families of children who cannot afford to provide transportation or food service will be precluded from enrollment in a charter school that does not offer those services.
· The bill is likely to lead to re-segregated schools, particularly in our state's urban districts.
· The bill will mandate that any rental fees a local school collects on buildings used for community events must be shared with charters.
· This is a back-door voucher whereby home schools and private schools can convert to charters to receive public funding.