Charter schools lose bid for local tax dollars
Feb 23, 2011 3:15:00 PM - thestate.com
Eleven charter schools will not get any local property tax dollars, but they may receive more state dollars.
Lawmakers in the S.C. House voted 85 to 32 today in favor of any amended charter school bill. It gives students in 11 state-approved charter schools additional rights, including the right to take part in sports programs and extracurricular activities offered at their local school districts.
But the financial piece of the bill the heart of the issue, according to charter school advocates -- was stripped out, meaning local school districts will not be required to shift a total of $20 million in local property tax dollars to the charter schools.
Instead, the state may give the state-approved charters more money. Later today, the House's budget- writing committee will consider if and how the state can come up with additional money for the schools, some of which say they may go out of business if their funding is not increased.
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