Concern: School districts are forced to pay a high cost for transporting charter school students.
Fact: Local districts are required to pay for the transportation of the student, if the student lives within a 15 mile radius of the school, or provide the same transportation needs as they would for those parochial students living in their district. Local school districts receive state aid for transporting these students.
Myth: In a year when funding from the state has been cut, school districts are still paying the same amount of money per student to the charter school.
Fact: Charter schools’ per pupil allocation will also be affected since Charter school funding is based on district spending, and is not directly related to state aid levels; that is, if districts spend less, charters will get less.
Myth: Charter schools pick and choose who they want enrolled at their charter, therefore selecting only the good academic students.
Fact: Charters were not created to educate only the already academically fit nor can they do so by law. All applicants are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. If there are more applicants than openings they are placed in a lottery. We have many students that have special education needs as well as students who have academic enrichment needs.