Massachusetts Charter Schools
Charter School FY11 Tuition and Enrollment Projections
Below you will find links to FY11 tuition and enrollment projections for charter schools and sending districts. It is our hope that this information will assist in the FY11 budget process for charter schools, school districts, and municipalities.
It is important to note some caveats that may affect the accuracy of these projections. While actual enrollment cannot exceed the projection reported by a given charter, enrollment by individual sending school districts may vary. Additionally, each sending district's tuition rate is a function of local spending and is subject to change.
Until recently, the charter school statute (M.G.L. c.71 s.89) specified that no public school district's total charter school tuition could exceed 9% of its net school spending. Under recently enacted legislation (St. 2010, c.12), this net school spending cap will be raised for districts in the lowest ten percent of statewide student performance. This raise in the cap will take place over a period of several years, beginning with an increase to 12% in FY11 and reaching a maximum of 18% in FY17 and subsequent years.
The "Projected FY11 FTE Remaining under the Net School Spending (NSS) Cap" link provides detailed capping information based on both the 9% cap and, for applicable districts, the 12% cap. The columns labeled "Projected FTE Remaining Under NSS Cap" show the number of additional pupils who may be enrolled from the district without exceeding the indicated cap. If the number in this column is negative, the district's tuition has exceeded the net school spending cap and charter schools receiving pupils from this district will be subject to tuition capping.
Student performance rankings will be updated next fall, and annually thereafter, so the list of districts subject to the higher cap will likely change over time. Proposals to start or expand a charter school in a district where net school spending exceeds 9% should be discussed with the Department's charter school office, as additional requirements will apply.
If you have any questions regarding the FY11 projections, please contact Hadley Cabral in School Finance at (781) 338-6586.
Projected FY11 Charter School Enrollment and Tuition, by charter school
Projected FY11 Charter School Enrollment, Tuition, and Reimbursements, by sending district
Projected FY11 Charter School Tuition Rate Summary
Projected FY11 Charter School Tuition Rates
Projected FY11 FTE Remaining under the Net School Spending (NSS) Cap