State School Board member would like to see charter schools funded differently

Money is scarce for public education in Utah, according to Tami Pyfer, a resident of Logan and member of the State Board of Education. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show last week, Pyfer was asked why the state continues to start charter schools which take money away from public schools.Pyfer says that’s a question many people ask these days. She says charter schools are public schools but they do not have to meet all of the requirements that other schools in the state have to meet.”There is one of our school board members at the state level who has proposed that the state, if they want to increase charter schools and continue to support charter schools, that they need to have a seperate funding method for charter schools,” Pyfer explained, “so they can stop taking money away from district schools and that charter schools can have their own ongoing stream of funding from the state.” Pyfer said she would go along with that because right now charter schools and traditional public schools receive money from the same source and it is like stealing from one pocket and putting the money into the other pocket.

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