Why I chose to make Benjamin Franklin Charter School a non-profit

Throughout 2018, azcentral.com has investigated what high-profile charter schools don’t tell parents about how they use their money. /Getty Images


By Rep. Eddie Farnsworth /opinion contributor | The Arizona Republic

Opinion: I must take issue with recent articles and columns about Benjamin Franklin Charter School. They were grossly exaggerated. (Editor’s note:Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

I believe Arizona’s charter schools are one of the state’s great success stories. Test scores suggest as much as do national and state rankings.

I am a conservative Republican. I believe in school choice and the help it can provide parents and students. I am also a strong believer in the free market and capitalism.

I am the owner of Benjamin Franklin Charter School. In existence for more than 20 years, we provide an excellent education for more than 3,000 students with a 96 percent graduation rate. We do so with fewer costs and greater effectiveness than our district school counterparts. We believe this should be applauded not criticized.

I am a state legislator. I often take strong stands on issues. No matter whether one agrees or disagrees with me, I think all would say I serve the public with great integrity.


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September 2018