The Cape Coral City Council will have much to discuss during its regular meeting Monday at City Hall....
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I hear that the charter schools are doing an excellent job from high graduation rates to a high percentage and number going on to secondary education. No one can complain about that. Another good selling point is the fact it is not costing us the taxpayers for the charter school. First I fear that we have created a duplicity of service again. By again I mean service that we pay for in the county and the city, ie. law enforcement as an example. So yes we pay.
What is troublesome to me instead of demanding in the Lee County School District to perform at the level of the municipal charter schools. We just give up say oh well and continue to pay. Here's the rub the state gives the money and the Lee County District says we are not getting enough so we will raise the millage rate or the amount needed period. So we are trapped into educating now 3000 students that most would be in Lee County District. Some would go to private and those also receive funds from the state.
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I even support in a small way one of the private schools. Only pointing out this is even more money keeping the true public school more lean in students. What is not being done is the lion's share of the education dollars is not being challenged to clean up your act and begin to meet the loftier goals. Start with demanding the school board earn their salary and as it rolls down hill to the superintendent, administrators teachers they start rolling the ball for the changes needed.
We need to go back to the bunch that started these schools and let them figure out a way to fund them in the future. I personally had no problem with the public school system and did not see the need to have a city run charter school.
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