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Charter Schools Still Receive Less Funding Per Student than District Schools

In its September 2007 newsletter, the Utah Taxpayers Association has released an analysis of per student spending for district schools and charter schools for FY2006.

After excluding lunch service and non K-12 programs and deducting transportation costs and federal start-up funding, charter schools received $5,329 per student in FY2006 while district schools received $6,001.

While some of the per student funding difference between charter schools and district schools is attributable to different enrollment demographics, more than half of the difference is attributable to charter schools being short-changed on local replacement funding.

Click here to see the report.