Charter schools receive 19 percent less funding on average than district-run schools, concludes a new Ball State report.
This amounts to nearly $2,250 per student, notes Flypaper. It adds up to billions of dollars per year.
There’s no one single cause of this inequity — policies and funding practices at the federal, state, and local levels (in most places) all treat traditional district schools better than charters. But local funding is the chief culprit, as charters typically cannot access local levy revenues or facilities funding.
The funding gap hasn’t improved over time.