Sunday, March 08, 2009

Is the Governor favoring Charter Schools over Public Schools?

Correction: A poster points out correctly that according to the article the governor requests the information, although from what I have read he asked local cities and towns to suggest to him "shovel ready" projects.

According to the Boston Business Journal the governor has requested nearly 59 million dollars of stimulus money to put into Charter school projects, but 0 dollars to rebuild our "crumbling" public schools. Unless I am missing something somewhere, this seems to be a tremendous imbalance on where we need to spend our dollars from Washington. It certainly would suggest the governor favors charter schools over public schools.

The entire list of proposed projects in the state can be found on the website.


mathteacher said...

I'm not invested in any sides in this campaign, but it makes Mr. McCrea look uninformed to say that Mayor Menino is favoring charter schools.

The list of shovel-ready projects was not submitted by the mayor. Governor Patrick requested proposals directly from various organizations across the state (schools, town and city governments and agencies, etc). The mayor had nothing to do with this...

Michael Pahre said...

I think you're a bit mixed-up about comparing the governor's requests with school district requests.

Charter schools are public schools. Look at the state department of education website. They are state-chartered public schools. So when the governor asks for $59 million for them, he is asking for $59 million for public schools.

What the governor is not directly requesting money for are schools in individual public school districts (like BPS in Boston). Instead, it appears to be the mayor who is itemizing and making those requests. See the mayor's initial list, and you will see various infrastructure items at BPS schools.

You wouldn't expect the mayor of Boston to request funding for Springfield charter school renovations; likewise, it is not surprising that the governor does not request money for individual Boston schools. As long as both school districts and charter schools are getting their pieces of the pie, it doesn't matter who asked for the money.