Public charter schools, funding inequities, revenue disparities, school reports, return on investment
This is the first national study of the productivity of public charter schools relative to district schools. This report is a follow up to the charter school revenue study, Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands, released in April 2014 by the School Choice Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas. That study was authored by the same research team that crafted this report. In the revenue study, per pupil revenues for public charter schools and traditional public schools (TPS) were compared. The research team found that during the 2010-11 school year (FY11), charter-school students across 30 states and the District of Columbia on average received $3,814 less in funding than TPS students, a funding gap of 28.4 percent.
Wolf, Patrick J.; Cheng, Albert; Batdorf, Meagan; Maloney, Larry D.; May, Jay F.; and Speakman, Sheree T., "The Productivity of Public Charter Schools" (2014). School Choice Demonstration Project. 6.