If you plan to tell the Oakland school board to share future parcel tax revenues with the city’s 33 charter schools, prepare to be rebuffed in the strongest of terms.
The charter school contingent who tried that tactic at last night’s board meeting ended up on the receiving end of an anti-charter tirade. The charter leaders were even treated to some Halloween-inspired metaphors after announcing they wouldn’t support Oakland’s parcel tax campaign unless their schools were included.
“Dracula blood-suckers,” was the one chosen by Jim Mordecai, a retired teacher and regular board meeting attendee (and blog commenter).
Charters are public schools, and more than one in six of Oakland’s public school children attend one. On the other hand, as board member Kerry Hamill pointed out, they don’t have district overhead costs — not to mention a massive debt — eating away at classroom expenses. And sharing the funding now would amount to a cut in the district schools’ funding.
In your opinion, should charters be included in future district fundraising measures? How are the politics between charter and non-charter schools affecting the kids in both systems?
photo courtesy of cybertaur1’s Web site at flickr.com.