Charter Schools, Arizona
10/19/2013 2:58:00 PM
Letter: Faulty premise to tie $$$ to quality of education


Editor:

I have dear friends who support the override. It is not my intent to offend them, but to simply question their premise. Their premise is
that excellent education is connected to money.

Yes, I have been a part of a charter school for over 18 years. I am now retired.

One thing I have come to know is that you will never see a charter school on your property taxes. Charters are not allowed to
bond, to do overrides, to receive money for buildings or have money for busing.

Charters receive approximately $ 1,700 less per student than public schools, and their mortgages are not paid by tax bonds ... money
comes from their maintenance and operation funds. So how do charters compare to district schools that can tax your property?

Out of the top 10 "A" rated schools in the state, five are charters. Out of the top five "A" rated schools in Yavapai County three are
charter.

Yavapai County top five

"A" rated schools:

1. Arizona Agriculture and Business, Charter, no property tax

2. Ashfork Middle School, District, property tax

3. Tri-City Prep, Charter, no property tax

4. Granville Elementary, District, property tax

5. American Heritage Academy, Charter, Camp Verde Campus, no property tax

Verde Valley top five

"A" rated schools

1. American Heritage Academy, Charter, Camp Verde Campus, no property tax

2. Desert Star, Charter, no property tax

3. Red Rock High School, District, property tax

4. Sedona Charter, Charter, no property tax

5. Verde Valley Montessori, Charter, no property tax

I hope the forgoing illustrates that supporters of the override present a faulty premise, that an override is necessary for excellent
education. Charters remain in the top of the "A" rated schools and yet operate without overrides. Let's REDUCE taxes not "keep
them the same."

Vicki Jo Anderson

Cottonwood
The function of education is to teach
one to think intensively and to think
critically. Intelligence plus character
– that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King, Jr.