Private Funds a Necessity for Charter Schools

Published June 29, 2007

Your article questioning whether or not private donors have too much influence over charters schools [“Patrons’ Sway Leads to Friction in Charter School,” June 28] failed to point out that one of the reasons charter schools have donor issues is that theycharter schools are not fully funded. In New York, charter schools get generally 20 percent less per student than the other public schools. It is hardly fair to deny them funding and then complain about their reliance on private donors.

Michael Van Winkle ([email protected]) is legislative specialist for education policy for The Heartland Institute.