In recent weeks, Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has come under fire over a $57 million budget shortfall, projected for the school district next year. The blame should not rest on Anderson. Outdated state policies make it challenging for her to enact real reform that would solve the troubled school district’s systemic problems.
Newark’s charter sector is expected to see an increase of 2,200 students next year. Funding for these students accounts for an estimated $33.6 million, or nearly 60 percent of the shortfall. Characterizing this funding shift — from district schools to public charter schools — as a “loss” is inaccurate.
The fact is that allocating funds so they follow students to the educational option of their choice is not only fair, it’s working.