It is interesting that Miami Dade County Public Schools has issued a rallying cry to PTA/PTSA members to speak out against the charter school capital outlay funding that would be provided by Florida House Bill 873. A few miles north of District headquarters, we are scratching our heads.
The way I look at it in Miami Shores, it is easy to identify a funding inequity. It is not a story of our poor District school. It’s a story of our poor Charter School. Our Village built and opened our own municipal charter school in 2005. (The School does not have a management company.) The Miami Shores taxpayer still owes 4.05 million dollars on that bond. Then in 2012, that same beleaguered Shores resident began paying the District’s 1.2 billion dollar 21st Century bond for capital outlay improvements to District schools only.
Our very own Doctors Charter School started out receiving over $450 per student annually in capital outlay. Our School has been very responsible with those dollars. They are used to pay allowed expenses, like classroom outfitting, insurance, and maintenance. By this school year, capital outlay payments are down to $193 dollars per student. How are we supposed to pay those expenses?
PolitiFact Florida said it best, when they studied this funding inequity and determined that District capital funding per student is $1300 while the charter school student received $200. May the House and Senate see this truth and endeavor to correct this for all charter school students Statewide.
Miami Shores Village
March 3, 2016