Dori Fenenbock sent this in relating to our recent post Texans For Education Reform. She evidently got it from an official at EPISD.
That assertion is wrong. All public education institutions in Texas, including charters, are funded using a combination of Weighted Average Daily Attendance (WADA) credits applied to a set of per student formulas as determined by state law. The money comes from a variety of sources of which property taxes is just one element.
To say that school districts that tax get a net gain to charters is a fundamental misunderstanding of how the system works.
In fact charters are funded at the state average of all traditional schools on a per student (WADA) basis which includes property rich districts. As a result charters are funded better on a per student basis than any of the traditional school districts in our immediate area because all of them are in the property poor category.
The amount of money a public school, including charters, gets is driven by a formula of which property taxes is one element. The formula used for charters excludes property taxes but captures the benefit of those taxes because of the averaging mechanism used by the state for charters. That averaging provided to charters results in a benefit over property poor districts like EPISD.
If the blogger doesn’t understand that then he doesn’t understand how the system works. It appears that he’s picked out one element used in the funding system and has used it out of context of how the overall system works to make a point that is fundamentally incorrect.
Hope this helps.
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