At the February 18, 2016 school board meeting, the board passed a resolution authorizing the Milford EVSD Treasurer to invoice the Ohio Department of Education a total of $7,757,643 for state and LOCAL funding that has been diverted to community/charter schools (collectively called “charter schools” in the rest of this article) from July 2001 to the present.
We of course have no expectation that this money will be paid; however, we want to call attention, both at the state and local levels, that significant funds are being moved from local school districts to charter schools. This money includes both state funds as well as your own local taxes.
Our local taxpayers entrust the Milford School District with their money – not unproven charter schools that do not have to follow state requirements or provide any level of transparency; many of which are FOR PROFIT entities; many of which have been proven to waste taxpayer funds through fraud and corruption; and as a whole, have demonstrated lower academic performance vs. public schools – especially a high-performing district such as Milford. In addition, our taxpayers rely on state funds to help offset their cost for educating our students – they do not expect our state funds to be diverted to charter schools instead. The Milford school board and administration believe our taxpayers have the right to know what is happening with this money – in amounts of up to $800,000 per year!
Because of “unfunded mandates” such as these, we must ask for more money from the community in order to educate our students effectively. There are dozens of unfunded mandates with which we must comply. These cost us money – and since no money is coming from the state to cover them, we must go to you, our taxpayers.
We are asking you to please take some time to understand what is going on here. YOUR MONEY is being used to fund FOR PROFIT institutions, which are NOT DELIVERING a solid education to their students. Many of them are WASTING money, or committing outright FRAUD – with your funds! Unless YOU stand up and tell our legislators you won’t stand for it any longer, this will continue. We need your help to take a strong stand and change this – to make sure YOUR money stays here, working for YOUR students.