Public charter schools received significantly less funding than traditional public schools in five cities, including the District, between 2007 and 2011, according to a new study released Wednesday.
When it comes to per-pupil spending, the District had the largest gap, with public charter schools getting $16,361 per student in fiscal 2011 and traditional public schools getting $29,145, about $13,000 more per student, according to the study.
Those amounts represent total funding, include federal, state, and local tax dollars and private support from foundations.
The study, funded by the pro-charter Walton Family Foundation, analyzed private and public dollars spent to educate students in the District, Denver, Newark, Los Angeles and Milwaukee. It is scheduled to be published in the Journal of School Choice this year.
Charter schools are publicly financed but operate independently of local school systems. They are usually nonunionized. The amount of public dollars they receive is generally determined by the state and varies widely.