Superintendent Hopes Charter Schools Wouldn't Take Funding from Public Schools

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said he'd like to bring more charter schools to the state and those schools would help educate low-income children.

Dr. Carol Fenn is the superintendent for Rockingham County Schools. She said adding new forms of education is always a good idea for Virginia, but only as long as it doesn't take away from public school funding.

Dr. Fenn said there have been applications to bring more charter schools to Virginia for awhile and she just hoped if Gov. McDonnell's education plan passes, public schools will still get the funding they already need. In the past few years, Dr. Fenn said Rockingham County Schools alone have lost $8 million in state cuts to education.

"So additional reductions of state funding to our public schools here in Rockingham would be detrimental if new initiatives are pursued and there's no support for public education," said Dr. Fenn.

Dr. Fenn said all children need different types of education, so she said if adding more charter schools in Virginia helps certain kids get a better education, that's a good thing.

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