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Alison Heape Johnson; Josh B. McGee; Patrick J. Wolf; Jay F. May; Larry D. Maloney – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2023
This study examines charter school funding equity in 18 cities using 2019-20 data, the most recent available. The study uses official school district and state budget documents to capture every dollar flowing to schools, including in-kind services. The study answers the following questions: (1) What is the difference in per-pupil revenue between…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Expenditure per Student
Heape Johnson, Alison; McGee, Josh B.; Wolf, Patrick J.; Maloney, Larry D.; May, Jay F. – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2023
Approximately 20 percent of the public school students in the City of Los Angeles attend a charter school. Los Angeles is home to the second-largest school district in the nation. The School Choice Demonstration Project research team has documented disparities between traditional public school (TPS) and charter school funding in Los Angeles…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), School Districts
McGee, Josh B.; Wolf, Patrick J.; Maloney, Larry D. – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2022
This report looks at Rochester, New York, where, in the 2019-2020 school year, 11 public charter schools enrolled slightly more than 18 percent of public school students. Given that Rochester's charter schools educate a large proportion of that city's students, it is important to understand exactly how those schools are performing and whether…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Educational Equity (Finance)
Hall, Simone; Lancet, Stephanie; Tucker, Wendy – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2021
This document provides the appendix to the report, "Charter School Funding: Support for Students with Disabilities" (see ED615383). "Charter School Funding" studies the funding surrounding the education of students with disabilities in public charter schools using data from fiscal year 2018 in 18 cities where charters hold a…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Students with Disabilities, Special Education, Financial Support
Alison H. Johnson; Josh B. McGee; Patrick J. Wolf; Jay F. May – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2023
In early 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic closed schools for the rest of the 2019-20 school year (fiscal year 2020 or FY20). The United States Congress deployed funds to help K-12 schools adjust and plan for reopening via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including the initial $13.2 billion installment through the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Equal Education, Educational Equity (Finance)
Alison H. Johnson; Josh B. McGee; Patrick J. Wolf; Jay F. May; Larry D. Maloney – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2023
Charter schools are public schools that operate free from some government regulations in return for a commitment to achieve a set of student outcomes specified in their charter. Nearly 8,000 public charter schools enrolled 3.7 million students in the U.S. in 2020-21. In major cities, charter schools receive less funding per pupil compared to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Productivity, Educational Finance, Reading Achievement
DeAngelis, Corey A.; Wolf, Patrick J.; Maloney, Larry D.; May, Jay F. – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2018
Public charter schools increasingly are part of both the national conversation about education policy and the local urban scene in America. Previous studies of public charter schools have examined their achievement effects focused on both the state and metropolitan levels, and funding disparities focused on the state levels. This report is an…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Equity (Finance)
DeAngelis, Corey A.; Wolf, Patrick J.; Maloney, Larry D.; May, Jay F. – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2020
Public charter schools increasingly are part of both the national conversation about education policy and the local urban scene in America. Previous studies of public charter schools have examined their achievement effects focused on both the state and metropolitan levels, and funding disparities focused on the state levels. This report is the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Public Schools
Rafa, Alyssa; Erwin, Ben; Kelley, Bryan; Wixom, Micah Ann – Education Commission of the States, 2020
Charter schools are semi-autonomous public schools that receive public funds. They operate under a written contract with a state, district, or other entity (referred to as an authorizer or sponsor). Charter school laws vary from state to state and often differ on several important factors, such as who may authorize charter schools, how authorizers…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, State Policy, Educational Policy, Comparative Analysis
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Knight, David S.; Toenjes, Laurence A. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2020
U.S. charter schools are publicly funded through state school finance formulas that often mirror the traditional public school finance systems. While charter school advocates and critics disagree over whether charters receive an equitable share of funding, few discussions are based on rigorous analyses of funding and expenditures. Most prior…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance)
Dills, Angela K.; Wolf, Patrick J.; DeAngelis, Corey A.; May, Jay F.; Maloney, Larry D.; Syftestad, Cassidy – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2021
Three decades after the first charter school law passed in the United States, myths about these public schools not only persist but continue to fuel strong claims and divisive debates. Commentators point to education management organizations (EMOs), for-profit organizations which manage or operate a network of charter schools, as examples of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Misconceptions, School Administration
Wisconsin Policy Forum, 2018
In recent years, competition for K-12 enrollment in Wisconsin among traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools using the state's voucher programs has intensified. Because elementary and secondary education finance in the state primarily is driven by enrollment, this has presented increasingly difficult fiscal conditions for…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Finance
Maloney, Larry D.; Wolf, Patrick J. – School Choice Demonstration Project, 2017
New York City was home to 1,575 district and 183 charter schools in Fiscal Year 2014 (FY2014). Seven percent of all public school students in New York City attended charter schools that year. Researchers systematically reviewed funding and spending documents involving the city's district-run and independent charter schools for FY2014. Research…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Educational Equity (Finance)
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Belfield, Clive – National Education Policy Center, 2017
A new report by researchers at the University of Arkansas concludes that charter schools in New York City are not fairly funded, in comparison to district schools. The report asserts that this inequity is especially big for charter schools that are not co-located in public schools. The report also describes expenditure patterns across schools,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Educational Equity (Finance)
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Baker, Bruce D. – National Education Policy Center, 2014
The University of Arkansas Center for Education Reform's report on charter school funding inequities proclaims large and growing inequities between school district and charter school revenues, even after accounting for differences in student needs. But the report displays complete lack of understanding of intergovernmental fiscal relationships,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Equal Education
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