Ohio charter school teachers are paid less: Letter to the Editor

Ohio charter school teachers are paid less: Letter to the Editor
Posted on 05/07/2018

By Other Voices
www.cleveland.com
Posted May 7, 10:30 AM

Ohio's inequitable school funding is unfair to public charter schools and their teachers.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer April 22, 2018 article "How Much Are Teachers Paid in Ohio" failed to properly focus on the main reason that Ohio charter school teachers are paid less than teachers in traditional school districts.

The simple truth is that in 2018, most charter schools receive approximately half the funding as compared to traditional neighborhood district schools and in Cleveland the disparity is even greater.

As the founding Treasurer of Constellation Schools I have watched, with dismay, how charter schools and teachers are being ill-treated as a result of the gross inequities of Ohio's school funding program.

From 2002 through 2017, Cleveland Municipal School District revenues for each student increased from $9,896 to $21,917 which is an increase of 121.47 percent. During that same 15-year period the average per student revenue for schools managed by Constellation Schools in Cleveland grew from $7,793 to $9,859 which is an increase of only 26.51 percent.

Given the inequitable funding disparities, it is understandable why Ohio charter schools are unable to pay their teachers at the same level as traditional district schools.

Thomas F. Babb
Lyndhurst, OH


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