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Lawmakers Find Public Schools Bearing More Costs Than Charter Schools

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State lawmakers say public schools may be paying more than their fair share to support charter schools. That’s the major finding of a legislative report...

State lawmakers say public schools may be paying more than their fair share to support charter schools. That’s the major finding of a legislative report about the school system’s "fair funding formula."

The fair funding formula requires public schools to pay charter schools a certain amount per student that opts to attend a charter school instead. That amount is calculated on how much public schools spend per pupil. But it includes expenses charter schools haven’t had to worry about.

That’s according to a new report from a legislative commission led by Lincoln and Pawtucket state representative Jeremiah O’Grady.

For example, public schools spent nearly $100 million dollars last year on high-cost special education services for disabled kids. But charter schools spent only about a half million dollars on these services. The upshot is that public schools may be bearing more of the expense of caring for high-need students.

The commission also finds that charter schools are paying their own building costs with no local support.

Lawmakers Find Public Schools Bearing More Costs Than Charter Schools
Lawmakers Find Public Schools Bearing More Costs Than Charter Schools