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The Relatively Unexplored Frontier Of Charter School Finance

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It's very unclear from the report whether they're even purporting to compare apples to apples. For example, on page 24, they suggest that the charter IRS 990 filings would include capital, debt, etc. -- basically implying that they're counting all charter spending on anything whatsoever. So if that's what is being counted for charter schools, the only fair comparison would be to total public school expenditure, including facilities, etc. But they obviously didn't compare to that at all, or else they'd be using a $24,000 per pupil figure for New York rather than "$12,000 to $14,000."

Good post. Another interesting study would be the choices that a KIPP makes in, say, California, where charter per-pupil spending is something like $6/year, to a KIPP school in Massachusetts or New Jersey, where spending may approach double that.

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