In a fiscally wise move, the Meridian School Board has rung the bell on the North Star charter school in Eagle which is mired in debt and pulled its charter.
While the North Star charter school is a “public school,” it is not part of the Meridian District, but in essence “licensed” by Meridian. Meridian has no authority over teachers, budget, or curriculum, but has the responsibility to pull the charter if the charter is unable to fulfill its obligations.The GUARDIAN examined some of the legal and constitutional issues previously and found a big split between the educational and financial side of charters.
The short version is North Star is without funds to pay off debt, the school will likely be repossessed by the bondholders who financed it, and Meridian will have to absorb the student body into the existing system.
The only bad guys in the story are the legislators who cave to lobbyists for groups seeking, religious, diverse, patriotic, or some other type of education outside the mainstream. No need to divert public funds to a fragment of the population. We don’t have special police, fire, parks, or sewers which cater to a special interest group.
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