Charter School Funding Issues

D. Sugarman


Although a great deal has been written about charter schools, rather little attention has been given to their funding. The first part of this article raises four current issues in the funding of regular public schools across the U.S. and shows how these issues carry over to the funding of charter schools. The second part explores four additional issues that have arisen in the funding of charter schools that go to the core identity of charter schools and the nature of the students they enroll. In both parts, extra attention is paid to developments in California, one of the most active charter school states.


Charter Schools; Educational Finance; Elementary Secondary Education; Equal Education; Expenditures; Financial Support; School Choice; Special Needs Students; Student Characteristics

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