We, the undersigned, recognize that the educational opportunity at Bonita Springs Charter School (BSCS) is offered free-of-charge to all Lee County families through Lee County\'s \"School Choice\" program. This makes BSCS \"public\" according to The New International Webster\'s Collegiate Dictionary (2002)which defines \"public\" as \"For the use of or open to all; maintained by or for the community: (i.e.)public parks.\" The community, in this case Lee County, maintains the educational opportunity at BSCS with the payment of public FTE monies to BSCS\' parent organization, Charter Schools USA. This greatly reduces Lee County\'s fiscal expenditures, as Lee County does not pay to build the Charter Schools USA schools, does not pay the charter schools\' utilities, and does not engage in recruitment efforts for the charter schools. In 2004-2005, Charter Schools USA is projected to be educating in excess of 4000 students who would otherwise be crowding existing Lee County schools.
In light of the definition of \"public\" and of the tremendous public service the charter schools provide to Lee County, we hereby request that the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools recognize and permit the involvement of BSCS in every activity available through the Foundation, including Golden Apple Awards, School Checkbook, Mini Grants, and Teacher Recruitment Packages.
Laura Horoszewski (Parent of Roman, a kindergardener at Bonita Springs Charter School, and two additional future BSCS students)
and other concerned parents
http://www.bonitaspringscharter.org is the school\'s web site;
http://www.leeschoolfoundation.org is the website for the Lee County Foundation
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