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Budget for schools OK
BOE passes charter funds;
advocates crying foul
by Nancy Cook LauerHONOLULU --The state Board of Education
calls the 2007-09 charter school budget an increase of more
than $1,000 per pupil. But charter school advocates say the
board actually cut the budget by removing all funding for
The BOE was set to approve the spending
plan Thursday night on the recommendation of the Committee on
Budget and Fiscal Accountability. It next goes to the
governor, who will use it when creating her own budget
proposal to submit to the Legislature.
Chairman Garret Toguchi said the budget is a $20 million
increase over the board's approved budget for fiscal year
2006-07. But said charter advocates said that figure is
misleading because it doesn't take into account money the
governor and Legislature added to the BOE budget for
facilities for the schools.
"This is going to create a
crisis for charter schools for the next two years," said
Maunalei Love, interim director of the Charter School
The charter schools will have to tap into
their operating funds to pay their rent, not to mention any
maintenance or upkeep that's required, said Hawaii Charter
Schools Network President John Thatcher, principal of
Innovations Public Charter School in downtown
"None of the other public schools in the state
have to do that," Thatcher said.
But Department of
Education spokesman Greg Knudsen said more than half of all
charter school students are in public facilities, which have
other funding sources.
"The charter schools have really
made some tremendous gains in the past several years in terms
of the level of their support," Knudsen said.
The budget also provides for three new
charter schools, in keeping with state law that allows a new
charter school for every existing start-up charter school that
receives a three-year or longer accreditation from the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges or comparable
Currently, three start-up
charter schools have attained accreditation -- Kihei, Myron B.
Thompson Academy and West Hawaii Explorations
Love asked for $58.4 million for operating
expenses for charter schools in fiscal year 2007-08 and $61.9
million for 2008-09. That comes out to $7,175 per student for
next year, a 3.3-percent increase over the 2006-07 per-student
Instead, Love said, the BOE budget allocates
$6,969 per student, or $29 more per student than this year.
The startup schools -- those begun after 1999 -- will actually
get $656 less per student, Love said. Currently, all 27
schools serve almost 6,000 students.
"Give us enough to
fund the schools. We don't want to worry about where the money
is coming from to get by," Love said. "We want to be able to
teach the kids."
Nancy Cook Lauer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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