Charter School Funding InequityIn Oregon<br />Northwest Center for Educational Options<br />Fifth Annual Charter School Co...
Charters get 55% or worse<br />Vast differences by district<br />Districts have access to resources not available to chart...
“Some charters say they’re getting half the funding their district counterparts get, not the 80% or 95% stipulated by law....
How much public funding per student do charters receive compared to Districts? <br />$’s per District Student<br />$’s per...
5<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />Unfortunately….<br />Our Answer<br />It’s complicated<br />
Oregon Dept. of Education<br />2008/2009<br />No Private Donations<br />No start-up grants<br />Fall Enrollment<br />192/1...
Charterseducate more than 2.7% of Oregon’s public school students, but receive only 1.5% of the funding. <br />the Results...
8<br />Charters receive $4,591 less per student<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />$12,000<br />$10,374<br />$10,000<br ...
9<br />Surprisingly, facilities make up only a small part of the difference<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />$12,000<b...
The actual amount varies widely by district<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />10<br />$14,000<br />$13,000<br />$12,000...
But most districts pay far less than 80%<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />11<br />Districts<br />Revenue Per Charter S...
Small districts that convert to charters fare better<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />12<br />Districts<br />Revenue P...
13<br />Segmenting these out shows the problem is even worse for most charters<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />$18,00...
14<br />Leaving charter schools in larger districts less than half (49%) their district counterparts<br />©2011 Seed Strat...
15<br />Why the disparity?<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />The law says...<br />K-8 schoolsreceive at least 80% 9-12 ...
Why the disparity?<br />Districts stuck as middlemen<br />Lack of $’s<br />Declining enrollment amplifies issue<br />Patch...
$’s follow the student…but they go through the district first<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />17<br />Charter School<...
18<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />“You mean you’re taking 50 of my students AND you want me to pay you for them?” <b...
19<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />No middleman is main difference for single-school-charter-districts<br />Federal, ...
20<br />Districts have access to public resources not available to charters<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />Other<br ...
21<br />Some funding is still based on headcount that includes charters<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />Other Funding...
22<br />“We have a really good relationships with charters in our district – a lot of that is because of goodwill they (th...
“We have schools in 6 different districts and each one treats us uniquely.”<br />Charter School Administrator<br />©2011 S...
©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />24<br />Anecdotally, relationship may matter more than anything else<br />Charter School<b...
25<br />HB3397 would mandate charters receive 95% of all funding based on headcount<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />W...
26<br />Choose your district wisely<br />Build/Maintain relationship with your district<br />Advocate<br />PS – you have 1...
Charters get 55% or worse<br />Vast differences by district<br />Districts have access to resources not available to chart...
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Charter School Funding Presentation

  1. 1. Charter School Funding InequityIn Oregon<br />Northwest Center for Educational Options<br />Fifth Annual Charter School Conference<br />March 11, 2011<br />Presented by Vanessa Wilkins, Seed Strategies, LLC<br />
  2. 2. Charters get 55% or worse<br />Vast differences by district<br />Districts have access to resources not available to charters<br />New legislation levels the playing field<br />Key Take-away’s<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />2<br />
  3. 3. “Some charters say they’re getting half the funding their district counterparts get, not the 80% or 95% stipulated by law. We can’t address the problem if we don’t know what they’re really getting.” <br />KaarenHeikes Executive Director Northwest Center for Educational Options<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />3<br />
  4. 4. How much public funding per student do charters receive compared to Districts? <br />$’s per District Student<br />$’s per Charter Student<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />4<br />Our Answer<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />Unfortunately….<br />Our Answer<br />It’s complicated<br />
  6. 6. Oregon Dept. of Education<br />2008/2009<br />No Private Donations<br />No start-up grants<br />Fall Enrollment<br />192/197 districts <br />about The data<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Charterseducate more than 2.7% of Oregon’s public school students, but receive only 1.5% of the funding. <br />the Results are shocking<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />7<br />Charters receive 55% of the funding of their district counterparts <br />
  8. 8. 8<br />Charters receive $4,591 less per student<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />$12,000<br />$10,374<br />$10,000<br />$8,000<br />$5,783<br />$6,000<br />$4,000<br />$2,000<br />$0<br />District<br />Charter<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />Surprisingly, facilities make up only a small part of the difference<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />$12,000<br />$10,374<br />$10,000<br />$8,000<br />$5,783<br />$6,000<br />$4,000<br />$2,000<br />$0<br />District<br />Charter<br />
  10. 10. The actual amount varies widely by district<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />10<br />$14,000<br />$13,000<br />$12,000<br />$10,900<br />$9,500<br />$10,000<br />$9,200<br />$8,000<br />$6,000<br />$5,100<br />$4,000<br />$3,000<br />$2,000<br />$0<br />North Bend SD1<br />Sheridan SD 48J<br />Gresham Barlow<br />District<br />Charter<br />
  11. 11. But most districts pay far less than 80%<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />11<br />Districts<br />Revenue Per Charter Student as a percentage of District Student Revenue<br />
  12. 12. Small districts that convert to charters fare better<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />12<br />Districts<br />Revenue Per Charter Student as a percentage of District Student Revenue<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />Segmenting these out shows the problem is even worse for most charters<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />$18,000<br />Public Funding Per Student<br />$15,350 <br />$16,000<br />$14,000<br />$13,120 <br />$12,000<br />$10,475 <br />100%<br />$10,000<br />$8,000<br />$5,182 <br />$6,000<br />$4,000<br />55%<br />$2,000<br />$0<br />Charter<br />District<br />Charter<br />District<br />Charters Within Larger Districts<br />Small Districts (75-250 students)<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />Leaving charter schools in larger districts less than half (49%) their district counterparts<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />14<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />Why the disparity?<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />The law says...<br />K-8 schoolsreceive at least 80% 9-12 schools receiveat least 95%of district’s General Purpose GrantSo why aren’t they getting this much? <br />How much funding do charter schools receive?<br />
  16. 16. Why the disparity?<br />Districts stuck as middlemen<br />Lack of $’s<br />Declining enrollment amplifies issue<br />Patchwork funding – some unavailable to charters<br />Wide latitude for interpretation<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />16<br />
  17. 17. $’s follow the student…but they go through the district first<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />17<br />Charter School<br />Federal, State and <br />Local Funds<br />District<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />“You mean you’re taking 50 of my students AND you want me to pay you for them?” <br />One Superintendent’s explanation of the issue<br />Districts are stuck in the middle<br />
  19. 19. 19<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />No middleman is main difference for single-school-charter-districts<br />Federal, State and <br />Local Funds<br />Charter Public School<br />
  20. 20. 20<br />Districts have access to public resources not available to charters<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />Other<br />Funding<br />State SchoolFunding<br />
  21. 21. 21<br />Some funding is still based on headcount that includes charters<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />Other Funding<br />31%<br />And, only 9% is facilities<br />
  22. 22. 22<br />“We have a really good relationships with charters in our district – a lot of that is because of goodwill they (the charters) put out – following the laws, making payments, taking care of schools.” District Administrator who pays 80% of ALL funding streams, including the local option, to charters<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />What determineswhether funds get passed through to charters?<br />
  23. 23. “We have schools in 6 different districts and each one treats us uniquely.”<br />Charter School Administrator<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />23<br />There iswide latitude for interpretation<br />
  24. 24. ©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />24<br />Anecdotally, relationship may matter more than anything else<br />Charter School<br />Federal, State and <br />Local Funds<br />District<br />
  25. 25. 25<br />HB3397 would mandate charters receive 95% of all funding based on headcount<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />What could you do with 25% more money? <br />
  26. 26. 26<br />Choose your district wisely<br />Build/Maintain relationship with your district<br />Advocate<br />PS – you have 16,000 activist families to help you<br />Follow the money<br />Focus on the quality and TELL that story<br />Final thoughts for charter school managers<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />
  27. 27. Charters get 55% or worse<br />Vast differences by district<br />Districts have access to resources not available to charters<br />New legislation levels the playing field<br />Key Take-away’s<br />©2011 Seed Strategies, LLC<br />27<br />Thank you!<br />

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