Fickle funding formula
August 27, 2013
Charter schools are playing an increasingly critical role in the education of Pennsylvania students K-12. In fact, some 6 percent of students statewide — about 119,000 overall — now attend publicly funded charter schools. And another 44,000 are on waiting lists.
Clearly, charter schools are a popular choice for parents looking for an alternative to a traditional public school setting and/or education. So the last thing we should do is damage charter schools’ viability by cutting funding. That said, the funding formula is all over the place, resulting in inconsistencies that make planning a challenge and accounting a nightmare. Bottom line: The system is unfair to both charter schools, which say they’re shortchanged, and the school districts that support them.