Recently we have seen headlines about local school district budgets. Long letters to the editors often follow complaining that taxes should not be raised. Citizens attend board meetings and protest how the money is being spent while administrators and board members try to explain each increase.

However, a huge sum of tax funds leaves Adams County each year in the form of cyber charter school tuition payments, and school districts have no control over this spending. In 2017-18 over $4 million dollars was sent from Adams County to 10 different cyber charter schools. Statewide, school districts paid approximately $463 million to cyber charter schools for tuition.

Kathy Ciolino is the retired principal of Biglerville Elementary School and Dennis Cope is a retired administrator of the Upper Adams School District. They are members of the Democracy for America Education Task Force.

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