Madison teachers union calls on One City Schools to return nearly $500K to MMSD

Madison Teachers Inc., the union representing teachers in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), has called on One City Schools to return nearly $500,000 given to the charter school by the Madison Metropolitan School District in the wake on news that the charter school will be shutting down its ninth and 10th grades this month due to staffing shortages, according to a report from Channel3000.

Beginning Jan. 23, 51 of the roughly 60 affected students will start classes in one of six schools within MMSD.

In a statement, the teachers union said the district’s budget gave One City Schools $472,464 to teach those 51 students — roughly $9,200 per student. The group said that, unless those students register with MMSD by Friday, their enrollment will not count toward the district’s funding for the spring.

“In other words, One City gets to keep almost half a million dollars in taxpayer dollars to educate students they are not educating,” MTI said.