WKBN reports on Education Funding Forum Held in Austintown

What does it cost a taxpayer for a student to choose something other than public schools?

The League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown worked to answer that question on Monday night at Austintown Middle School. The League partnered with several Mahoning County school districts to host an education funding forum about the amount of money lost when students choose a charter or community school.

For example since 1998, Austintown Local Schools have lost $17.7 million in funding.

"As public schools, we're a little bit fearful that the movement is that a full dollar will follow a child that leaves. It'll be more of our local tax dollars leaving our district, which we can't afford that right now in these tough times," said Austintown Superintendent Vincent Colaluca.

For anyone who missed the forum, the presentation will be shown on public access television in the participating school districts.

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