Mon BOE talks charter schools

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Mon BOE talks charter schools
Conor Griffith, The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — While meeting with state legislators, the Monongalia County Schools Board of Education delivered their concerns over the possibility of charter schools or a school voucher system in West Virginia.

Superintendent Frank Devono said if students are diverted to charter schools, then that means less funding for public ones since their state funding is determined by enrollment. This, he said, would hurt because he still has to heat and maintain the school buildings and keep the same buses on the roads but with less money to do so.

During the recent BOE meeting Delegate Joe Statler, R-Monongalia, said charter schools are meant to strip away much of regulation which the state allows to happen under a charter system and thereby return more control locally if implemented as public charters.

“If you look at the research, 50 percent of the time, charter schools have failed and they divert resources,” said BOE president Barbara Parsons, adding that most charter schools are in urban areas and less so in rural locations.