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The Northeast Charter Schools Network Wednesday highlighted a nationwide study comparing funding for charter public school students to their peers in district-run public schools. Data shows that Connecticut charter students received almost $3,000 less per pupil during the 2010-11 school year.
Charter students received $13,902 per pupil compared to $16,719 that district schools received, which was a 17% difference. The gap rose to 19 percent in Bridgeport and 42 percent in New Haven.
However, starting with the 2012 education reform bill, Connecticut has started to close that gap by increasing per pupil funding for public charter students from $9,300 in 2010-11 to $10,500 per pupil in 2013-14, the network said in a statement. An increase to $11,000 per pupil is currently slated to occur in 2014-15.
“This is a timely reminder that Connecticut needs to keep up the progress and maintain its investment in public charter schools and the children who attend them,” said Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut Director Jeremiah Grace.
Source: The New Haven Register