The conservative group suggesting to the Douglas County School District that all Douglas County students should receive MLO funds even if some charter schools are not recognized by the district. I agree in part with their suggestion. Maybe taking it a step further and since Douglas County taxpaying parents that send their child to private school should also receive the per pupil allocation of MLO funds that other schools receive.
Giving these parents a voucher for their MLO portion would be the same as giving students in these charters that the district doesn’t recognize. The trouble is in the manner in which the district allocates these funds and all students enrolled in these charters receive local money. If charters didn’t recruit and enroll the majority of out of district students, why should taxpayers continue to give their local tax money and approve another MLO override?
One possible solution is for the district to give all Douglas County students a MLO voucher to use at the school they attend and if charters want to continue to enroll out of district students, they will have to find funds to compensate these student other than our local money. Until the district corrects what I feel is an issue on handing our local money to outsiders, supporting another MLO increase is not viable.