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Voucher AdvocateHas His Facts Wrong

September 15, 2002

Re "Charter School Money," letters, Sept. 6:

In his letter to The Times regarding charter school funding, Alan Bonsteel, a school voucher advocate, lies about charter school funding when he says they receive only 60% of what the public schools receive. He knows better. In fact, many charter schools receive more funding than public schools because they often receive large gifts and grants from private foundations. At a minimum they receive the same amount, dollar for dollar.

This is another feeble attempt to make excuses for the underwhelming success of some charter schools. Bonsteel's real concern is that this less-than-stellar report on charter schools (which he and his colleagues see as "entry level" voucher schools) will hurt his chances at another attempt to subsidize private schools for the much less than needy at the expense of California's already underfunded public schools.

Lloyd Porter

Placentia

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