Charter school funding

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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6 Responses to Charter school funding

  1. Andre says:

    One might ask which is the better “bang for the buck.”


  2. good governance oxymoron says:

    My understanding is one of the big issues with charter schools is that they are able to cherry pick the students they accept.

    So although funded with public school money charter schools have the ability to enroll like a private school.


    • Sad El Pasoan says:

      But what happens to students when charter schools spend thousands of dollars in legal fees to sue the State for withholding thousands of dollars over manipulation of finances?


  3. Rodney Fender says:

    My thought on the issue – We need to educate all our kids and prepare them as well as possible. If charter schools do that better than the public school districts then let those that want send their kids there and fund them per student the same as is done with a public school. The public school system in Texas and especially the El Paso area is an over testing bureaucratic burden on the teachers and the taxpayers.


  4. Deputy Dawg says:

    The fact of the matter remains: Public charter schools suck funds from local public school districts. Taxpayers cannot have it both ways: Charter schools AND modern public schools if they are both drawing funds from the same pot, which they do. (It is like having a wife (old reliable public schools) and a girlfriend (sexy young charter schools) at the same time: One of them is not going to get the attention and money that they normally would receive without the other. In this case, the old reliable wife loses out.) Charter schools can go out and get additional private funding but they still take the public funds on top of that.


    • Anonymous says:

      Wait, using your analogy means the student is going to the public school AND charter school at the same time. I think you know that is not the case here.
      A better analogy is the husband that wants more out of life leaves the old, tired, uninspiring wife for the smarter and more inspiring woman.


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