Ch. 6 - Apples-to-Apples Fiscal Comparisons (HFR '05)

December 2005

This debut edition of Hopes, Fears, & Reality provides new data on many aspects of charter schools in the United States and examines issues and controversies surrounding reform.

Controversies have erupted in several states over whether charter school funding levels are appropriate, given the costs of running a school and delivering good instruction. A recent report claims that charters are underfunded nationwide. This chapter explores the details of how to compare charter school and traditional school funding. The author contends that comparisons should take into account income and costs, for both traditional and charter schools.