Pay for popularity

Denver schools that enroll charter or out-of-district students will get bonuses, reports the Denver Post. Denver’s district-run public schools have lost more than 8,000 students in the past six years. Popular schools will receive an extra $1,395 for each “new” student on top of regular funding. That’s about a 20 percent increase over normal per-student funding. Denver charter schools get 92 to 95 percent of the district’s regular funding.

While district enrollment leveled off this year, instead of declining as predicted, charter school enrollment fell.

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  1. I predict that a new word will soon enter the lexicon next to “Shanghaiing”.


  2. Paying more to schools that actually pay attention to their customers enough to get more of them seems like a good thing to me. (I say this as the parent of a charter-school student in the Denver metro area, though not in the city.)

    That the same money isn’t available to charter schools, though, seems problematic. Why is one class of public schools more deserving of fiscal support than the other? (I mean besides the union thing.)

  3. Yeah, but kids walking through the door of the school isn’t what the public is paying for. This scheme only motivates the principal to attract kids not to educate them.