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The Myths and Facts of School Choice in Charlotte, and the state of North Carolina
A workable solution that provides the funding and complete school choice for all families in North Carolina. With dynamic market competition, we will rise from 45th in the nation to the best school systems. With comprehensive education reform.
LOW INCOME FAMILIES WILL BE LEFT OUT
Fact: EVERY family will be able to afford the school of their choice.
You will be able to choose between public, private, religious, online, charter, homeschool and new education methods yet designed. You can look up the adjustment formulas for student allotments available from the state of North Carolina.
The per pupil allotment for CMS students is the $8,400 that my opponent states. HOWEVER, he leaves out the remainder. You have been told a lie. One of the reasons that charter schools do not offer bus transportation, meals or other items, like fully funded school buildings is they have to raise those funds themselves.
YOUR family not only has $8,400 per pupil but also $432 for bus allowance. You also receive the funds for utilities, facilities and maintenance which is enumerated in a SEPARATE budget for each student. That amount is several thousand dollars.
If you are in a lower income bracket you also get a differential according to state formulas of around $2,600 per student. Low wealth counties get another $2,600 per student. Special needs get another set of dollars.
The range of allotment at CMS would be from $11,432 to $20,000 which would give your family the ability to send your child to ANY they want school right now.
Here are the other very important figures.
1. Per pupil allotment - $8,400
2. Low income adjustment for families earning less - $2,600
3. Low wealth counties around the state - $2,600
4. Bus allowance - $432
5. Special needs - varies - more thousands of dollars.
6. Maintenance and facilities - several thousand dollars each.
DO THE MATH - We will close low performing schools, convert them to private, religious or charter schools and gain better teachers, administration and a clean slate for performance. We don’t want to send our children to a bottom tier 5% school. No one does.
The competition of school choice gives parents control of all their money so if the school does poorly they can walk away and enroll elsewhere.
THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH SPACES IN OTHER SCHOOLS IF WE WANT TO CHOOSE
Fact: The new market of competition will allow schools to expand dramatically. Think about it in this way. You now have means to purchase your position in ANY school. When the private, charter and other schools have an influx of full payment families they will expand services. Charters will finally be able to build faster and complete new complexes quickly instead of raising funds. They will be guaranteed income. Private schools can increase capacity, add grades, classes and expand locations.
All of this is possible because of free market forces. When there are thousands of new customers demanding a better education, those who are most expert in providing it will be able to satisfy those needs. I have already spoken with leadership at private schools. If they know there is a guaranteed consumer with funds for their product they will immediately expand capacity. More public schools will be converted to charters, and private schools.
This is a natural outgrowth of change, and school choice. This will also benefit all students because competition fosters improvement. Those public schools which meet the needs of students will have no problem retaining the families and continue to operate. The poorest performing schools will convert or close. And they should. They have failed your communities and children.
Myth #3 - ALL THE GOOD TEACHERS WILL LEAVE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Fact: Not true. In conjunction with school choice, please read my entire 17 point plan for schools. Teachers will be evaluated on performance and pay will be increased accordingly. We need to pay teachers as professionals so they can rededicate themselves to their profession. MOST teachers are very good at teaching our children. When we untie their hands and remove most administrative control from an artificial hierarchy and return control to local boards of parents and community members, teachers will again rise to a greater level. We will also fulfill our needs for STEM teachers across the state. Read the plan.
Low quality teachers will be ejected from the school system finally. Schools will need to compete and that means treating teachers better to survive. Business models applied to schools will help improve teacher performance. So will not requiring teachers to be punching bags, traffic guards and monitors of every kind. Teachers should ONLY be teaching. Assign those other duties to part-time staff.
All teachers in the public schools will be able to earn merit pay above their base. For excellence. This is not an internal competition. Any teacher that exceeds expectations can earn more. Teachers who currently have no incentive to work hard will get rewarded for the extra effort. That’s only fair. The evaluation system will be a necessarily complex algorithm developed to include not only testing, but also community and peer review.
Student performance can be measured RELATIVELY. For example, if a teacher in fourth grade takes on a class that reads at a second grade level, and she manages to get those children to read at level third grade and four months, by today's standard she has failed. By my standard she has excelled taking those children many more months in one year than we should expect. Its a win for the student, for the teacher and for society. Great teachers will be our salvation and help these kids get on track!
With my plan to recover funds defrauded from North Carolina each year, we will be able to hire 20,000 new teachers at $50,000 each OR 40,000 teacher aides at $25,000. A billion dollar investment without raising any taxes will allow us to provide a new and vibrant army of support for our teachers in all public schools. Every teacher I talk to loves the idea of having an assistant or two every day. The student performance will rise. Students with challenges will have extra attention they need.
School choice is not about destroying our public schools or cheating minority students. It is about creating a new way to educate so that everyone can benefit, especially minority children trapped in failing schools.
School Choice is meant to give all families what they need to succeed. And provide the impetus for public schools to improve. Some will close, some will convert, and most will improve. We will remove barriers of entrenched administration controls which stop such improvement now. The bottom public schools will be phased out to become private or charter. That alone will help improve them with all new administration and teachers.
Competition in the market creates better products. Schools are a product that needs improvement, not a continuous monopoly, with the best schools only reserved for the wealthy.
Myth #4 - WE CAN JUST ADJUST EXISTING SCHOOLS AND THIS WILL WORK ITSELF OUT
Myth #5 - CHARTER and OTHER SCHOOLS ARE RACIST
SCHOOL CHOICE BENEFITS & HOW IT CAN FUND YOUR CHILD’s COLLEGE EDUCATION
THE INFLUX OF FUNDS WOULD ACCELERATE OUR POOL OF A TALENTED, SKILLED WORKFORCE
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