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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Projected FY20 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment

On January 23, 2019, Governor Baker submitted his House 1 budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. The House 1 budget is based on An Act to Promote Equity and Excellence in Education, a comprehensive school finance bill. The bill implements the major recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC) and incorporates other enhancements to the Commonwealth's school funding framework.

These estimates are subject to change as the House and Senate deliberate on the budget and as we update our enrollment projections for next fiscal year. Our purpose in providing these estimates at this time is to assist cities, towns, as well as regional and charter school districts, in their budget preparations for FY20.

Key points on Foundation Budget Rates

  • These are live rates, derived from each school's October 1, 2018 SIMS enrollment.

  • Foundation budgets have been raised by a 3.75 percent inflation factor.

  • Full detail and explanations on the Governor's changes to the foundation budget are available. Some highlights:

    • Expanded rates for English learners. Rates have been restructured and rates for high school pupils have been substantially increased, reflecting the additional challenges of learning a new language at an older age.

    • ELL enrollment is no longer sourced from SIMS. Students with low English language proficiency, as measured by the statewide ACCESS for ELLs test, who have already met or exceeded state exit requirements, are no longer counted as EL students in the foundation budget calculation. This reduced headcount is mitigated by the increased rates.

    • For economically disadvantaged students, this proposal introduces a more progressive decile rate structure. A new, targeted high needs concentration increment has been added for districts serving the highest concentrations of both economically disadvantaged and EL students. Eligible districts will receive this increment in addition to the regular economically disadvantaged and EL increments.

    • A new foundation budget rate for high school students in approved high-quality early college and innovation pathways programs to encourage and support program expansion over the next 7 to 10 years.

    • A planned 6-year phase-in of increases to the benefits and fixed charges rate based on new goal rates derived from Group Insurance Commission (GIC) data.

Key points on Charter District Aid

  • Return to a 3-year, 100%/60%/40% schedule for transitional aid.

  • Transitional aid is more closely tied to real growth.

  • Supplemental aid is provided to districts with high charter tuition costs and relatively low Chapter 70 aid, to ensure a minimum level of state support for charter tuition.

  • House 1 proposal is a $16 million increase over FY19 and represents the first year of a planned 3-year phase-in to full funding of the reimbursement program by FY22.

Key points on Above Foundation Spending Rates

  • 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, 2009 through 2018, 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. Actual Above Foundation Spending rates fluctuate until they are set in June of the fiscal year they represent.

  • In a hidden sheet in the Rate Summary file users will find a district listing of the above foundation spending percentages for fiscal years 2009 through 2018.

Key points on the Facility Rate

  • The Facilities Rate has been level funded at $893 per pupil since 2009.

  • The Governor's budget plans for a $938 per pupil Facilities Rate in FY20, which represents a five percent increase. In subsequent years the Governor's plan is to tie the rate to the inflation index.

Below you will find the most recent calculation of preliminary FY20 charter school tuition and reimbursements based on this proposed framework. These amounts will be used by the Department of Revenue in their preliminary cherry sheet estimates.

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Sending District Summary, showing enrollment, tuition, and aid
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Charter School Summary, showing enrollment and tuition
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Foundation Budgets, showing foundation enrollments and budgets, as well as their underlying calculations
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Rate Summary, provides a full list of current rates by charter, location, and sending district (chalocsend), as well as prior year rates and demographics, where available.

Questions about the charter tuition program should be addressed to Hadley Cabral in the Office of District and School Finance at (781) 338-6586 or hcabral@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: January 28, 2019
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