Public charters fight uphill battle for facilities funding
09/21/2017 3:50:43 AM
Charter schools, seeking more state money, want the public to know that they're public schools, too.
"Parents looking for better options than their local traditional public school don't usually care about whether a school is public or private," said Colleen Dippel who heads Families Empowered."
As families wait for charter schools, leaders ask for more state funds
09/21/2017 3:58:43 AM
Charter school leaders said at a news conference Wednesday that the only way to lessen the number of students on the wait list is for the Texas Legislature to better fund charter schools so more could be opened in the Houston area. A map of where each student on the wait list lives shows where the demand is still the greatest: areas of Third Ward, Fifth Ward, the Near Northside up through Aldine, Sharpstown and Westchase.
Across Houston thousands of parents believe they should be able to choose which school their child attends, and they’re hoping 5,000 letters will get lawmaker’s attention.
On Wednesday morning, dozens of parents and educators showed off the 5,000 letters at KIPP Academy, asking lawmakers for equal public charter school funding.
Currently, charter schools receive about $1,000 less per student than a traditional public school. That is money that KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg says would help thousands of other kids trying to get in.