The Grinch, a.k.a. charter schools (or, ''for profit''), continues to plunder ''under our tree'' and to steal our money. The evidence against these thieves of our local tax dollars is crushing.
Not only are these moneymaking charter schools removing locally voted tax dollars from our neighborhood public schools, they are taking some of it out of Ohio and often out of the country. Your tax money and mine, voter approved for the purpose of educating the children of Trumbull County, is sneakily being snatched and deposited into the pockets of profiteers posing as educators.
This was not John Adams' intent in 1785 when he proclaimed ''there should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not supported by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.'' Lakeview lost more than $300,000 to these money grabbing grinches last year. Nearly $1 million was deducted from the Howland Schools' coffers and $5 million from Warren City Schools.
It is well known in Ohio that these money grabbers perform abysmally on anything that hints at accountability. Further, they are exempt from more than 200 state laws to which our neighborhood schools must conform. Interestingly, most Ohio charters have been exempted from the new, much debated, politically charged and, I might add, extremely expensive for our local school districts, OTES (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.)
That's right, not only do "for profits" escape student accountability measures, their teachers are not evaluated using the criteria to which public school teachers are held.
Results of the most recent round of state-mandated testing (third grade), again demonstrate our neighborhood public schools outperform "for profit" charters. In fact, the "for profit" schools scored dead last in Trumbull County.
This isn't news! Our neighborhood school districts continue to outperform these grinches' failed attempts at offering choice. Our neighborhood public schools provide courses in the fine and performing arts, as well as a plethora of extra and co-curricular options and vocational instruction, taught by highly qualified staff (i.e. special education teachers including gifted and talented), in addition to related service professionals such as guidance counselors, psychologists, speech and hearing therapists, occupational and physical therapists.
Our neighborhood public school system is not broken. It is working more efficiently than it ever has. Nationally, graduation rates continue to rise and are higher now than in 1992. Public school performance on nationwide testing such as the NAEP has improved annually since the early 1990s.
Be aware! These "for profit" schools do one thing well steal local taxpayer dollars and make their CEOs rich. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch!
Lakeview Local School District