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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 30, 2020 03:06 PM
From: Representative Stephen McCarter
To: All House members
Subject: COVID-19 Cyber Charter School Enrollment Freeze

The current public health crisis has had profound negative consequences for public schools, students, teachers, and taxpayers. The uncertainty of the current environment and the immense mitigation efforts being implemented by our public schools has caused a huge financial burden on school budgets.
As our public school’s plan to reopen schools in the fall in a safe and orderly manner we need to ensure that cost for cyber charter school tuition does not become overwhelming in the process. Cyber charter schools do not face the same financial needs that Public-School Districts face to commence in person learning in an area of the novel coronavirus. To ensure that our districts are not hit with unexpected tuition bills, I propose that cyber charter school enrollment be limited to the students that were enrolled in cyber charter school as of July 1, 2020.
I believe that our public-school districts should be given all the necessary financial tools to ensure that reopening schools is safe, educationally sound and in the best interest of the entire school community.

Please join me in stabilizing public school district budgets by capping cyber charter school enrollment during this uncertain financial time.

Introduced as HB2807