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Let's talk about city school funding [Letter]

I definitely agree with the principals who wrote to suggest holding forums for charter versus traditional school funding ("Baltimore principals call for funding forums," May 22). Students, parents and the general public should know how their tax money is being spent. They should be aware of what it is being spent on and how resources are being divided among schools.

The school board should be open to hearing the opinions and ideas from principals, students and parents because both charter and traditional schools serve Baltimore's children. I am curious to see facts surrounding the additional services that traditional schools receive and if it makes up the difference in their lower per-pupil funding. It is evident that charter schools are receiving more funding, yet if the extra funding is covering items such as operator and principal salaries, it will have a major impact on the already dwindling morale.

The data show that charter schools are outperforming traditional ones. In some cases, those underperforming schools should probably receive a little more so that they have the same resources as those that are outperforming them — and maybe they would perform on a higher standard.

However, the conversation is overdue. There should at least be a discussion. Outlooks might change if we engage in the conversation.

The city school system needs to get down to the bottom of this debacle because the only group ultimately affected are students.

But before we start focusing on funding forums, we should be having attendance forums because what are we funding if students are not in school every day and on time?

Cody L. Dorsey, Baltimore

The writer is student commissioner on the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.

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