Charter Schools Eye Coronavirus Relief Aimed at Small Businesses
By Evie Blad
The possibility that charter schools would benefit from the programs troubled the Network for Public Education, an organization that frequently criticizes charter schools and has called for Congress to end a designated federal fund that supports their creation.
“It just raised some ethical concerns for us because we know that both [district-run] public schools and charter schools have had no drop in the funding stream,” Executive Director Carol Burris said. “So they are either being paid from the state based on attendance and kids are still going to school virtually, or they are receiving school district-based tuition.”
Burris says the funds should be reserved for small businesses that have faced more immediate revenue declines because of loss of customers.