In the wake of a Maryland court ruling requiring equal funding for charter schools, legislators are planning to change the law to preserve inequality, writes Robert Holland of the Heartland Institute in the Baltimore Sun.
A 2005 analysis found charters receive 21.7 percent less funding than other public schools in the same district.
Given that many charter schools serve low-income and minority kids in large cities, the disparities look even worse when broken down by cities.
Atlanta, for instance, shoveled $12,766 per pupil into its regular public schools but funded charter schools at $7,949 – a gap of almost 38 percent. Albany, N.Y., funded its regular public schools to the tune of $15,226 per pupil, but gave the charter schools 33 percent less than that.
Holland foresees constitutional challenges to underfunding. Why should some public students receive less than others?