ERIC Number: ED426449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: Federal Funding Available but Barriers Exist. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Although the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are designed to help public schools, concerns were raised during 1997 congressional hearings about whether public charter schools receive their proper share of these funds. This report examines how selected states allocate Title I and IDEA funds to charter and other public schools and identifies factors helping and hindering charter schools' access to funds in various states. Researchers conducted case studies in 7 states that collectively included 91 percent of the 480 charter schools reportedly operating during 1996-97. The final sample had 41 schools. Generally, states allocate funds for charter schools either directly or indirectly via a parent school district. About two-fifths of the charter schools surveyed received Title I funds; slightly over half received IDEA funds or IDEA-funded special education services. Most charter schools did not receive funds or did not apply for them. Access barriers included lack of enrollment and student eligibility data to submit to states and the application time and costs considerations. Charter school operators most often cited training, technical assistance, and notification of their eligibility as factors helping them access funds. Several states and the Department of Education have begun initiatives, such as alternative allocation policies, to help charter schools access federal funds. Included are five appendices, several figures and tables, and a summary of results. (MLH)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Programs, Program Implementation, Tables (Data)
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013 (first copy free; $2, each additional copy).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act