Par­ents urged to stay in Chel­tenham

Times Chronicle - - POLICEREPORTS - By Caitlin Burns

To be­gin the Chel­tenham Town­ship School Board meet­ing Tues­day, board Pres­i­dent Tina Viletto re­leased a state­ment ask­ing par­ents to keep their chil­dren in pub­lic school rather than send them to a char­ter school or cy­ber-char­ter school.

“One of the largest costs of the Chel­tenham School Dis­trict are char­ter schools,” Viletto said. She then ex­plained that char­ter schools and cy­ber-char­ter schools are paid by school dis­tricts for each child that at­tends in ac­cor­dance with state law. Viletto said in ad­di­tion to pay­ing tu­ition costs, the school dis­trict must also of­fer ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­vide trans­porta­tion to students in the Chel­tenham School Dis- trict who at­tend char­ter and cy­ber-char­ter schools.

The fi­nance depart­ment for the school dis­trict put to­gether an ed­u­ca­tional pre­sen­ta­tion about how much money the dis­trict loses per child in char­ter schools. Ac­cord­ing to the data, the dis­trict pays $15,086 per stu­dent and $33,243 per spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent in tu­ition to char­ter schools, where as on av­er­age the dis­trict spends $11,284 in in­struc­tional costs per stu­dent who at­tends school in the dis­trict. The fi­nance depart­ment es­ti­mates Chel­tenham School Dis­trict spent ap­prox­i­mately $169,303 in char­ter schools and ser­vices last year.

The in­for­ma­tion on char­ter schools and cy­ber-char­ter schools is avail­able to the pub­lic at http://fi­nance.chel­tenham.org/ char­ter-school-fund­ingL.

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