The cost of charter schools

A new report has found that Achievement First’s New York charter schools spend $660 more per pupil than nearby traditional city public schools that serve similiar populations.

Officials of Achievement First, which has several Connecticut charter schools and makes up almost half of the state’s charter seats, has been complaining for years that they are being shortchanged in Connecticut.

In Hartford, the state gives charter schools $9,400 for each student they enroll compared with about $14,000 it gives to Hartford public schools. The $14,000 includes transportation and special education reimbursements. State legislators are considering boosting charter school funding this legislative session.

The study was funded by the Albert Shanker Institute and the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, which is supported by teacher union affiliates.