Charter School Funding Disparity Exists
April 17, 2013
Peer-reviewed, forthcoming research finds that charter school students receive an average of $4,000 less for their education than peers in traditional public schools in five major cities, all of which are foundation Investment Sites. While the gap is widening in some cities and narrowing in others, the research finds that traditional public school students receive substantially more local, state and federal funds than those who attend public charter schools.
In the regions analyzed - Denver, Milwaukee, Newark, N.J., Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles Unified School District – at least one in every ten students attend a public charter school. As more families demand these high-quality public school options, this funding disparity has severe implications on how schools can rise to meet this need.