Letter to the Editor April 12, 2009Written by Administrator | | email@example.com
Strickland’s education reform plan will eliminate Downtown jobs
TO THE EDITOR,
With jobs a critical priority, it is ironic that Gov. Ted Strickland’s K-12 plan could padlock Toledo School for the Arts (TSA), one of Downtown Toledo’s most successful businesses.
From an economic development perspective, this could cost the city 86 professional jobs, a
$2 million payroll and $100,000 in taxes. In contrast to most businesses Downtown, TSA actually expanded in 2008, hiring six more teachers, investing $1 million in facility improvements and spending $500,000 in living wages. Isn’t that what we are trying to accomplish with economic development?
As for traditional public schools, charter schools cannot survive without state funding. However, because charter schools do not charge tuition and because they receive no property taxes, charter schools typically operate with 30 percent less funding than do traditional public schools. This means that if Strickland is successful, the 20 percent state funding cut to charter schools will translate into a 38 percent cut in the TSA budget, which means that TSA will have no choice but to go out of business.
If teaching our kids is the priority, it is worth noting that TSA earned a Bronze Award from US News and World Report, is one of only 15 Blue Ribbon Schools in Ohio, met all 21 Ohio educational standards and earned an “Excellent” rating from the State of Ohio for three years running.
TSA is evidence that parental choice can help us to educate all of our kids, many of whom are minorities and come from disadvantaged homes.
THOMAS E. BRADY
Chairman and Founder
Plastic Technologies, Inc.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Thomas Brady is a member of TSA Board of Directors