Pennsylvania, Charter Schools, and Public School Finances

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  • School board treasurer said, “one month tuition has cost the district $61,838. This makes the total annual cost to the district $742,056 for just those 48 students.”
  • “$3 million of the district’s $34 million operating budget goes towards charter school tuition. Covering a student’s charter school tuition is as much as 50% more than if the student was learning in the district.”
  • “The Allentown School District is looking to increase property taxes by 5.3% to help fund the district’s $394 million budget. Charter school tuition payments are projected to cost the district about $64.4 million.”
  • “Pennsylvania has more cyber charter school students than any other state in the nation, according to a recent report. And during the pandemic, that population has ‘surged by 59 percent’”

CHART OF THE WEEK

Source: Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
Source: Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials

INTERESTING READ

  • The Issue: Cyber charter school enrollment is growing rapidly and funded the same way as brick and mortar schools despite lower costs.
  • Key Findings:

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