Mark Weber: The Fiscal Impact Of Charter Schools on School Districts
Mark “Jersey Jazzman” Weber is a master of school finance research. He has often been critical of charter advocates and their arguments, which is why it may seem surprising that he agreed to do some research work for the pro-reform Fordham Institute. Fordham is already framing results to fit their agenda, but at the same time, the results do run contrary what some public ed supporters would expect. That makes Weber’s post about his work especially important.
What I had found – and what I still found in this latest report – is that as charter schools grow, per pupil spending in school districts increases. This is in contradiction to what some charter critics have suggested: that spending in host districts schools goes down as charters grow. To be honest, it was contrary to what I thought I was going to find,,, until I started digging further into the data.