… away funding from public schools- leaving the rest of the students in schools with less money, fewer teachers, and even more problems.

Today’s Enquirer reports that Cincinnati Public Schools have a $39 million budget shortfall and, as a result, Superintendent Rosa Blackwell (yes, Ken’s wife) plans to lay off 115 teachers and counselors.

So where did the money go? Solve the following story problem (using your public-school math skills) to find the answer:

Ohio Revised Code, 3317.012, establishes a per-pupil cost of $5,403 for the 2007 school year. Cincinnati’s 27 charter schools have an enrollment of 7,029 students. Calculate how much money Cincinnati’s public schools have lost to the Charter Schools.

The answer: almost $39 Million.