View Full Version : All NYC NYC Charter Schools in DOE Buildings Get Over $600 More Per Student Than Traditional Public Schools

02-16-2011, 09:49 AM
This from the IBO Web Blog (http://ibo.nyc.ny.us/cgi-park/?p=272) by Ray Domanico and Yolanda Smith:
Last February, IBO published estimates (Comparing the Level of Public Support: Charter Schools versus Traditional Public Schools (http://www.ibo.nyc.ny.us/iboreports/charterschoolsfeb2010.pdf)) of the level of public financial support for the city’s traditional public schools and charter schools in school year 2008–2009. Our new review of public financial support for general education services during 2009–2010 finds that charter schools located in public school buildings received an average of $649 more per student than traditional public schools. We have also updated our estimate for 2008-2009 to reflect some revisions to our methodology.

We estimate that total public financial support in 2009–2010 for general education services averaged $16,011 per pupil in traditional public schools, $16,660 per pupil in charter schools housed in public school buildings, and $13,653 per pupil in charter schools housed in private space (see Comparison of Funding Traditional Schools Versus Charter Schools (http://www.ibo.nyc.ny.us/iboreports/chartersupplement.pdf) table) The reason we calculate a higher funding allocation for charters housed in public school buildings than charters in private space is the value of in-kind services they receive due to their location: charter schools co-located in public school buildings don’t have to budget for space costs and utilities, janitorial services, or school safety agents. As of 2009-2010, two-thirds of the city’s 98 charter schools were housed in public school buildings.

School year 2009-2010 was the last year of a funding freeze on the state-mandated charter school per pupil allocation. The freeze was lifted for the current 2010–2011 school year, increasing the per capita adjusted operating expense for charter schools in New York City by $1,084. The adjusted operating expense per capita is the largest public source of funding for charter schools. When complete data from 2010–2011 become available, they are almost certain to show an even greater advantage for those charters housed within public school buildings compared with traditional public schools.

For background on how we did the comparisons and detailed tables of our calculations, see attachment below.

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