Philadelphia City SD
The charter school tuition calculation is included in the charter school law, and it is broken into two parts: regular education tuition and special education tuition. Today, we’ll examine the regular education tuition rate.
The calculation is relatively simple, and it is completed by a school district and posted by the PA Department of Education annually. A school district starts with their budgeted total expenditures from the prior school year (for the current school year, school districts used their budgeted 2017-18 expenditures)—this means that they use what they budgeted at the beginning of the prior year to calculate the rate, not what they actually spent during the prior year.
- Nonpublic school programs (1500)
- adult education programs (1600)
- community/junior college programs (1700)
- student transportation services (2700)
- special education programs (1200)
- facilities acquisition, construction and improvement services (4000)
- other financing uses, including debt service and fund transfers (5000)
The two-headed system looks like this. Public schools receive special education funding based on the actual costs of services, while charter schools are funded with a one-size-fits-all system that pays the same amount for all students with special needs, no matter what those special needs might be….