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Massachusetts Charter Schools

2015-2016 Charter School Pre-Enrollment Report

To:
Superintendents of Districts Sending Students to Charter Schools
From:
Cliff W. Chuang, Associate Commissioner
Date:
April 1, 2015

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In accordance with M.G.L. c.71 § 89(o), and 603 CMR 1.08(5), the purpose of this memorandum is to notify you of the number of students from your district who are expected to be enrolled in Massachusetts charter schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

I am providing you with a workbook, FY16 Charter School Pre-Enrollment Data Download Excel Document, containing three worksheets that provide information about projected charter school enrollment for the upcoming school year, as of March 16, 2015. Due to changes in the law and collection processes, the information on the charter school's waitlist will be provided in a separate report later this spring.

The first worksheet, CS Pre-enroll by School lists the FY16 charter school pre-enrollment by charter school and grade separated by Commonwealth and Horace Mann. The second worksheet, CS Pre-Enroll by SD, identifies the number of students by sending district and by grade that have pre-enrolled in Commonwealth charter schools. The third worksheet, CS Pre-Enroll by SD & School, provides one more layer of detail and identifies the number of students by sending district, charter school, and by grade that have pre-enrolled in Commonwealth charter schools.

According to state regulations, tuition payments shall not be made to charter schools that exceed the total enrollment for that charter school as it was reported to the Department in the school's pre-enrollment report. As a result, while actual enrollment from your district may differ slightly, the total enrollment in a charter school from all districts, as listed on the first attached report, represents a cap on the number of students for which the charter school may receive tuition payments.

For additional details on the calculation of charter school tuition and assessments, see Charter Schools' Tuition, Reimbursements and Enrollment webpage.

If you have any questions regarding charter school enrollment, the funding formula, or the charter school statute and regulations on these issues, please contact me at (cchuang@doe.mass.edu; 781-338-3222) or my colleague Joanna Laghetto (jlaghetto@doe.mass.edu; 781-338-3221).

Last Updated: April 1, 2015
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