Don’t expand Chinese immersion charter school

Published: 1/21/2019 1:56:39 PM
Don’t expand Chinese immersion charter school

We are writing in opposition to the proposed expansion of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.

Under the current state funding formula, the 492 students enrolled in the PVCICS pull money and resources from most of the area cities and towns. Their most recent report indicates approval for up to 584 students with 144 on a waiting list. This certainly does not indicate a need to double enrollment to their proposed expansion request for up to 952 students.

This number will likely negatively impact many towns and public schools in the region, including Deerfield Elementary School and the Frontier Regional School District.

This proposed expansion impacts both school budgets in particular and the town’s budget, as well. We believe PVCICS calculated under-enrollment of special needs students and English Language Learners advantages them financially at the expense of public schools in our region.

Unless and until the foundation assessment formula is revised to more adequately cover the cost of the loss of students from public to charter schools, we believe expansion should be denied. We ask the commonwealth to ensure every school using taxpayer funds is governed by the same standards found in our public schools, which effectively serve the needs of all students, and hold PVCICS accountable to serving students of all abilities.

Henry Komosa
and Trevor D. McDaniel

Deerfield Selectboard 


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