Equitable Charter School Funding in Florida
Charter schools are public schools that provide the parents of Florida a choice when it comes to their child's education. Charter schools, just the same as public district schools, are dedicated to providing creative, innovative instruction that inspires students to succeed and flourish.
Since the inception of charter schools in 1996, Florida parents have chosen to enroll their children in these unique learning communities. With each year that passes, the enrollment numbers for charter schools in Florida has increased. For the 2010-2011 school year, there were over 154,000 students in 459 charter schools in the state of Florida.
Although charter schools have proven to be a viable public school choice for parents across the state of Florida, they are not receiving equity in an important area: funding.
Unfortunately, charter schools in Florida do not currently receive the same per pupil funding allocations as their district counterparts. At this time, schools districts are not required to share the local tax contributions (property tax) with charter schools. This contribution, entitled capital millage funding, assists public schools with capital purchases (i.e. school buildings).
Florida Senators and Representatives are currently proposing legislation that would require school districts to share the property tax contributions with public charter schools. Senate Bill 1852 and House Bill 903 state that districts shall share these local tax dollars with public charter schools.
The students that attend charter schools are attending public schools. With this being said, the local tax contributions of charter school parents should follow children to whatever school they attend whether it's a public district school or a public charter school.
Charter schools deserve equitable funding. Show your support of Florida SB1852 and Florida HB903 by signing this electronic petition.
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