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Equitability essential for charter schools

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Posted: Sunday, September 4, 2005 4:30 pm | Updated: 9:17 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Tribune long has supported the principle that to improve performance in our education system, top-notch teachers must be rewarded commensurately in their compensation. And Arizona has made impressive strides in that regard.

But problems remain with respect to education funding, and one of them is aptly pointed out on the adjoining page by Daniel Scoggin, CEO of the Valley’s pre-eminent charter school organization, Great Hearts Preparatory Academies.

As we have said repeatedly, more money alone will not guarantee improved performance, but starving schools fiscally jeopardizes success. That is what is happening with Arizona's charter schools, which receive 20.4 percent less funding from all sources than do district schools. Here in the Valley, the disparity is nearly 27 percent.

Charter schools must have funding parity with traditional public schools. And the Legislature, Gov. Napolitano, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and the Arizona Board for Charter Schools should see to it.

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