Charter schools deserve fair funding
Posted by 0 Reactionson 04 / 29 / 2015
Public charter schools in Connecticut are doing right by their students.
The vast majority of Connecticut’s Black, Hispanic, and low-income children perform three grade levels below their peers. Charter schools are helping change that, by helping those students get to grade level in reading, writing, and math, and graduate ready for college or a career.
That success is incredible – charter schools truly are changing the lives of children in Connecticut. And to the credit of our state’s charter school educators and school leaders, they’re doing this work without fair funding.
In fact, charter schools receive only $11,000 per-student, which is far less than the $16,274 Connecticut districts spend per-child on average (U.S. Census). According to a 2014 University of Arkansas study that looked at all sources of funding public schools received in the 2010-11 school year, Connecticut charter school students received about 83 cents on the dollar compared to students in local district schools. Both our state’s Education Cost Sharing grant (state funding for local district schools) and the charter per-pupil grant have risen since the study was done, but the gap persists.
Naysayers like to claim underfunding charters doesn’t matter, because the funding charter schools receive takes money from the local district. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, charter schools benefit local districts by freeing up funding, and bring millions in new education funding to a community.
It’s clear: charter schools are a good thing for communities in Connecticut – they help all students by providing more local education funding per-student, not less. Print this out and share it with your friends and family.
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