One of the key differences between charter schools and traditional public schools has been the fact that taxpayers don’t directly pony up money for charter school campuses.
But a bill filed this week would start to change that. It would allow counties to provide money to charter schools for their buildings, playgrounds or athletic fields.
Charter school lobbyists have been asking for facilities money for a long time. And this bill was introduced by an influential legislative leader. Apex Republican Paul Stam is House speaker pro tempore.
“This should cause a ruckus,” said Mecklenburg County commissioner Bill James in an email to his counterparts. That’s because, he said, it’s a real short leap between allowing counties to pay for facilities and requiring them to.
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The bill will also undoubtedly get a lot of push-back from traditional school district advocates, who have been against diverting more money toward charter schools.