Is PIE going to work in a CHOICE program District?
Original post made by Angry Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 11, 2006
But what happens with Choice programs? If you have Alternative programs that get hefty private funding (either through direct parent contributions, Grants, Private donations from special interest organizations, etc.) which bumps their per student spending well over average district per pupil spending to start with, and I presume they also share in the PTA efforts at that schools, do they ALSO get a share of the PIE funds? How is that equitable education?
So we've got specialty programs that get better private incremental funding, plus PTA support, then they get smaller class sizes, AND they also get their 'fair share' of PIE?
Is there financial reporting on each our existing Choice programs going on? Where can I see this? How does this work? For example, do we know how much incremental per student funding Hoover, Ohlone and Spanish Immersion have? And sources for those funds? And what they're being used for?
Why is this a fair funding model? I think once a program decides its going to be an alternative program, then it needs to drop out of the PIE funding food chain? Or needs to be held to basic district funding sources if it wants to get PIE funding. One or the other, but it shouldn't get to be both ways?
I don't feel like contributing to PIE until I understand how this works. Exactly.
Is ANYONE going to demand some policy statements from PIE and from the DISTRICT on this funding issue BEFORE we jump into MORE CHOICE PROGRAMS? What a mess.