New Report Finds Charter Schools Receive Significantly Lower Funding than Traditional Public Schools

April 30, 2014

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Today the University of Arkansas released a report that shows nationally public charter schools now receive over $3,500 less per pupil than traditional public schools. Charter Funding: Inequity Expands reveals that this disparity has increased significantly over the past eight years, and is greatest in major urban cities.

The report is based on data from Fiscal Year 2011 for 30 states, Washington, D.C and 48 major cities. The report also found that public charter schools received fewer private and philanthropic donations per pupil than traditional public schools.

In California, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has been a major factor in beginning to address the systemic funding inequities between traditional and charter public schools by accelerating funding for those students who need it most. The LCFF will help close the equity gap over time, but charter public schools continue to struggle with facilities funding and are still underfunded in general.

CCSA will continue to work with Governor Brown and the California State Board of Education to create implementing regulations that maintain the balance of flexibility and accountability for outcomes that have allowed charter schools to succeed.

Click here to read Charter Funding: Inequity Expands and view the full report and state specific data.