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With State Formula for Charter School Funding Likely to Change, City Costs to Grow More Than Budgeted

The IBO released an updated report comparing public spending for charter schools to traditional district schools, and its analysis is clear: not only do NYC charter schools receive less in public spending than their district counterparts, but this funding disparity continues to grow. In the current school year (2016-17), the IBO reports that charter schools will again receive substantially less per pupil regardless of whether it operates in public or private space; the IBO estimates that charters are underfunded compared to traditional district schools by $1,145 to $4,863 per pupil.

The Profit Myth: Understanding the Structure of New York Charter Schools

Charter schools are independently-run public schools that have served at-risk students in New York State since 1999. By the fall of 2011, there will be 136 charter schools in New York City serving 45,000 students, spread across every grade level and borough. Yet even after more than a decade of experience with charter schools, questions and misunderstandings about them persist.

School Funding Comparisons by the NYC Independent Budget Office (IBO) (2010-11)

How do the funding levels compare, and the funding streams interact, for New York City charter and district schools? The City's Independent Budget Office (IBO) has issued three analyses on this topic, to which the Charter Center has responded with increasing, detailed criticism. The NYC Department of Education has also raised strong objections.

New York State Alternative Assessment (NYSAA)

NYSAA is an assessment in which students with severe cognitive disabilities demonstrate their performance toward achieving the NYS P-12 CCLS in ELA, math, science and social studies (depending on the grade level being tested). Student performance is recorded in a datafolio, and includes direct observation and documentation of information such as student work products, photographs, audio and videotapes.

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