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Public charter schools, funding inequities, revenue disparities, metropolitain areas, school reports


In 2005, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, with the support of the Walton Family Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, published a report showing that charter schools were greatly underfunded compared to traditional district schools in the 2002-03 school year. This report uses FY 2006-07 data, the most recent available when this project began, to describe the state of charter funding, and to see if it has changed since the last report. It includes all of the original 17 states and Washington D.C., as well as seven new states. The new edition also improves our method of analyzing state-level disparities to provide a better estimate of how much funding charter schools receive compared to how much funding district schools would have received to educate the same students.