This does not count facilities, transportation, food, energy and many other subsidies over and above that amount. Some are apparently mandated by the state (such as transportation)
Though charter school advocates complain loudly that they are unfairly underfunded, Patrick has estimated that charter school students get more in taxpayer funds than regular per pupil payments at traditional public schools – not counting all the private fundraising they do.
The DOE has said that they get neither more or less than regular public school students, but has resisted providing a full analysis or explanation. The IBO was supposed to come out with their own analysis that is nearly a year overdue.
In his speech during the governance debate, Sen. Perkins went on at great length about how charter schools were just being introduced in primarily minority neighborhoods such as Harlem. Perhaps someone ought to let him no that no community or district is exempt.
Class Size Matters