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Massachusetts Charter Schools

FY19 Early Rate Projections

In an effort to assist Commonwealth charter schools in their budget preparations for fiscal year 2019, we are providing early rate projections.

Some key points on the Foundation Base Rates:

  • Foundation budgets have been raised by a 2.64 percent inflation factor.

  • The "benefits and fixed charges" foundation rate category has been increased for a second year in a row, as a result of recommendations from the Foundation Budget Review Commission. This latest update increases overall tuition by more than $2 million.

  • These are live rates, derived from each school's October 2017 SIMS enrollment.

  • Economically disadvantaged enrollment continues to be used in lieu of free and reduced lunch data.

    • This measure includes those students qualifying as a match in the following programs included in the Commonwealth's direct certification system, which is maintained in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Virtual Gateway system: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid (MassHealth), and foster care. This now aligns more closely with the criteria used across the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and has increased enrollment by more than 15 per cent.

    • The lowest decile rate is set at $3,619.57 and each subsequent decile increases by $40 up to the highest decile rate of $3,979.57. While this represents a rate reduction of $300 in response to the expanded student match, it does maintain the level of resources available to support this population.

  • The underlying assumptions (enrollment, inflation, and wage adjustment factors) used in the Foundation Base Rates are not expected to change.

Some key points on the Above Foundation Spending Rates:

  • Actual Above Foundation Spending rates fluctuate until they are set in June of the fiscal year they represent.

  • In the absence of the actual school spending data needed to determine the Above Foundation Spending Rates, we are providing two rates, one derived from the lowest above foundation spending percentage from the prior 10 fiscal years, 2008 through 2017, and a second from the highest spending percentage from the same fiscal year bracket.

  • Past rates are presented solely as a guide. Actual rates may be lower or higher than those presented.

  • In a hidden sheet, users may find a district listing of the above foundation spending percentages for fiscal years 2008 through 2017.

The Facilities Rate is level funded at $893 per pupil, the same as it has been since fiscal year 2009.

As is the case with all rate projections, school business officials should allow for some margin of error when using these rates to prepare their FY19 budgets. Questions regarding this publication should be addressed to Hadley Cabral in the School Finance unit at (781) 338-6586 or hcabral@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: January 25, 2018
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