Thursday, August 25, 2005

Controversial charter study released

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has just released a new study that focuses on the funding disparities between public and charter schools (a PDF of the report can be found here) The study looked at public and charter school financing in the following 17 jurisdictions:
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Washington, DC
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
[click on the link to see DC's statistics]

These 16 states plus the District represent 84% of the nations charter school students. The report's conclusion is that the charter schools in their data set, as a whole, receive on average 22% less funding than their public equivalent, which translates into roughly a $1,800 per-student difference. At the District level the difference is roughly $3,500 per-student difference.

The study has ignited some a bit of a fire-storm among the movers and shakers in the education world here in the District. Mark Lerner has some thoughts on the study as well.

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