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EDUCATION

Crowd supports Sierra Foothill Charter
By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR

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Let the parents who want a

Let the parents who want a charter school: pay for it. It is not the public's responsibility to: "...provide all families with an alternative educational option". That option is available, it is called private school. Charter schools are a gimmick, and divert funds from regular public schools. Get out of here with this charter rigamaaroll. The future, especially for rural areas, will be internet schooling. The costs for labor, energy, etc. in these rural settings are now budget busters in the new world economy. So start changing, open your mind and get creative.

Anonymous, charter schools

Anonymous, charter schools only get money from the state for the specific students who go to those schools. No other funds get diverted from the other public schools. Instead, the charter school pays the district money. The charter school, by turning a vacant school site into a great school, the charter school will also raise property tax revenue in the county by recruiting new residents to the county. So all the schools in the county will get more money from the existence of the charter school. As for your other comment, well, parents and other donors who want the charter school are donating tons of money to help create it. Finally, which private schools in Mariposa were you talking about? Finally, the state created charter schools to help give competition to existing public schools and make them better. Competition is a good thing for socialized services like public schools. Right?

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