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Oct 28, 2009 7:24 PM by Sarah Rosario

Town Hall Meeting in Vermilion Parish

The Vermilion Parish association of educators is hosting a town hall meeting at Abbeville high school, to hear public opinion about money being taken from parish schools and given to type two charter schools.

The purpose of the town hall meeting is to educate every one of what's going on with these types of charter schools. Many people feel its improper use of their tax money. Its a state wide initiative that has yet to be voted on. The Louisiana board of elementary and secondary education is proposing a law to allow the state to take the tax money parish schools receive for their students, from the schools and give the same amount to charter school students. Vermilion's Superintendent Randy Schexnayder said, "We are second to last in the state on our local and state funding per student. We only get 71-hundred dollars per student in our funding. We can't afford to lose any funding to anybody."

If it's approved, it will go into effect next year. Organizers of tonight's town hall meeting hope this will encourage citizens to talk to law makers to make sure money is not taken from any school in Vermilion parish.

Sarah Rosario

srosario@katctv.com

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