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posted: 3/22/2013 4:40 AM

Say no to for-profit charter school

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Say no to for-profit charter school

The Elgin Area Unit District U-46 school board will hold a public forum to discuss whether our district should grant approval for the Tennessee Virtual Academy to open an online for profit charter school in our district.

I do not believe taxpayer dollars should be used for for-profit private schools. The TVA was recently cited (NBC5 News, Nashville, Tenn., Feb 13) to have deleted grades from their students' September and October 2012 portfolios for underachievement. The Huffington Post Feb. 13 news story cited that only 16.4 percent of students were proficient in math and 39.3 percent were proficient in reading on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests. I am very concerned that this for-profit institution will suck scarce taxpayer dollars from our public school district while not educating our students to the level we all expect.

I urge you to research this private for profit institution and urge our school leaders to vote "no" to this charter school. Taxpayers in all of the school districts in Kane County will be addressing this question in the near future, as your district is on the TVA radar.

Garrick Balk

South Elgin

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