Massachusetts Charter Schools
FY15 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment Projections
Below you will find links to FY15 tuition and enrollment projections for charter schools and sending districts. It is our hope that this information will assist in the FY15 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 subject to change. Both districts and charter schools should allow for some margin of error in these projections when preparing their FY15 budgets.
The state budget provides $80,000,000 in charter aid, with allocation language effectively steering most of the increased tuition aid towards school districts with recent changes in tuition. The FY15 appropriation will cover 69 per cent of the actual requirement.
Finally, pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 71 Section 89(i), no public school district's total charter school tuition shall exceed nine per cent of its net school spending, with the exception of the lowest 10 per cent of districts deemed underperforming in statewide student performance measures. In FY15 there are 29 districts with a cap of 16 per cent and one district with a cap of 10.7 per cent. The "Estimate of FTE Remaining under the Net School Spending (NSS) Cap" link provides the capping status at all operating districts. The full text of M.G.L. Chapter 71 Section 89(i).
Tuition, FTE and Rate Summaries
Projected FY15 Charter FTE and Tuition is an MS Excel spreadsheet of the number of pupils at each charter school and the total dollars to be paid.
Projected FY15 Charter Tuition Payments and Reimbursements For Sending Districts is an MS Excel spreadsheet of each district's total enrollment at all charter schools; the local tuition assessed (including facilities); and the Commonwealth's reimbursement to districts for facilities tuition and increases in tuition.
Projected FY15 Rates by Charter School and Sending District is a comprehensive, sortable list of the individual district tuition rates at each charter school.
Projected FY15 Estimate of FTE Remaining Under the NSS Cap
Rate Component Detail
The charter school tuition rate has three components. The facilities component is set by the legislature at $893 per pupil. The detail for the other two components is provided below.
FY15 Foundation Budget is an MS Excel spreadsheet containing the Foundation Budgets of all applicable charter school sending districts. A drop down menu allows the user to select the school, campus, and district.
Projected FY15 Net School Spending Percentage Above Foundation Budget is an MS Excel spreadsheet that provides the calculation used to determine the percentage of net school spending above foundation budget. Deductions for retired teacher's health insurance and out-of-district special education costs are shown in detail.
Questions regarding charter school tuition and reimbursements may be addressed to Hadley Cabral in School Finance at (781) 338-6586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.