September 21, 2014
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LETTERS
Siphoning funds from public education

To the Editor:

I am very concerned about the possible opening of a “mayoral academy” in Warwick. It appears our mayor wants to control education in the city. This is troublesome for many reasons, however the most obvious one should be the fact that the Warwick Public Schools is trying to consolidate and eliminate one or more secondary schools. If the public school system is having difficulty filling the existing buildings, why do we need more schools? We don’t need a private company opening charter schools in our city. We need to support our existing public schools. We need to band together as was done in Cranston to prevent this dismantling of public education.  

The proposed mayoral academy will draw funding from the educational programs that our students depend on (academic, extra curricular, music, drama, etc.). It will reduce school budget allocations and siphon money from our public schools. Each student that is sent to this school will reduce our public school budget by approximately $15,000. That means if 100 students go to this school, there will be a $1.5 million reduction in spending.

Please, please, please do your research. There is too much at stake to be cavalier in this process. The kids of Warwick depend on us.

Dr. Joel Gluck

Warwick


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Dr. Gluck raises a valid question: "...why do we need more schools?" And the answer seems clear: Parents, who are also taxpayers, demand it. They demand some level of accountability from their schools, an accountability that is sorely lacking. Unfortunately, the $15k that will rightfully follow each student is limited to only charter schools. Thankfully, however, more and more education leaders recognize that the money should follow students to any school that their parents deem appropriate: Private, Government-run, or Parochial. If government-run schools are satisfying student needs, Dr. Gluck has nothing to worry about and there would be no need for charter schools. However, that does not appear to be the case.

the cookie monster always wants the cookie jar in easy reach...wonder why?

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