A warrant article is coming up for approval in May in the town of Pelham, MA which reads:
Whereas Massachusetts funds charter schools by withholding aid to the cities and towns that send students to charter schools, and
Whereas the amount of such aid withheld for each student leaving to attend a charter school exceeds by a large factor the amount of per pupil aid that the district receives from the state, and
Whereas the loss of monies to a district results in either reducing programs in the local public schools or raising local taxes, thus shifting additional costs onto local taxpayers without their approval,
Thank you, Pelham, for leading the way.