ERIC Number: ED477872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
How Can We Fund Charter Districts? The Nuts & Bolts of Charter Districts.
Augenblick, John; Sharp, Jennifer
The purpose of this paper is to explore funding issues related to charter districts. It begins with definitions of charter school and charter district. It continues with a brief discussion of public-school finance and some of the policy issues associated with distributing state funds to school districts, allowing school districts to generate revenue from local tax sources and controlling how revenues may be used. This section is followed by a review of what is known about the funding of charter schools, including the procedures used to allocate state and local support to them, the level of financial support they receive, and the issues that have been raised about the way they are financially supported. In the next section, a summary is provided of interviews conducted with several people identified as having knowledge of and interest in charter-district funding. Finally, a series of recommendations are made about funding charter districts, from both a state and a local perspective. The paper concludes that states that support the concept of charter schools and charter districts need to modify their school-funding systems to accommodate these new institutions seamlessly. (Contains 42 endnotes, some of which are references.) (Author/WFA)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Fund Raising, Nontraditional Education, Program Costs, Public Schools, School District Spending, School Funds, School Support, State Aid, Tax Allocation
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: Support provided by the Public Charter Schools Program. For other documents in this series, see EA 032 589-591.