I just came home from another meeting where the main topic of conversation was Gov. Corbett's budget.
Just add an intense soundtrack and you have all the makings of a horror film. I don't claim to understand everything about a state or school district budget, but I do understand how charter and cyber schools are causing districts like my beloved to hemorrhage money.
My son is in sixth grade. Since his kindergarten year, 2005-06, WHSD has shelled out over $47 million.
WHSD has been reimbursed $7.5 million of that. This current school year is costing us $12 million with $0 reimbursement. If a little vomit just inched its way up your throat, I know how you feel.
Some people will say that if WHSD was doing its job, people wouldn't leave. I know people who have left and they had no complaints about our teachers or curriculum.
Some people will say that the charter schools are out-performing the public schools. How many pages of research do you want to show that is completely false?
And don't get me started on a cyber school that is one of the top 10 advertisers on KDKA Radio, which is one of the most expensive to air on.
I will always believe in public education. My children are getting an excellent education. My children are safe. My children are happy. Sadly, I feel nothing but contempt for the charter and cyber schools that are taking money away from my district and directly away from programs for my children.