In 2018-19, Pennsylvania school districts in total spent over $2 billion in mandated payments to charter schools. And yet, as the need for charter school funding reform builds momentum, charter school advocates maintain that the system disproportionally benefits school districts. They contend that charter schools get less money per student for education than school districts and that charter schools, on average, receive 25% less funding per student. Is this an accurate statement, and are school districts “making money” when students enroll in charter schools? To unlock the 25% myth, it is important to understand the revenue and the reasons surrounding charter school funding issues.
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