|For Immediate Release|
|Monday, July 13, 1998|
Public Hearings Scheduled to Discuss Proposed Charter School Finance Regulations
Malden - Massachusetts Education Commissioner David Driscoll announced today that the Department of Education will sponsor public hearings in Malden and Springfield this month to receive public comment on a proposal that would put into formal state regulations how much money charter schools will receive from sending districts for each pupil enrolled.
The public hearings will be held July 23 at the Department of Education in Malden, and July 28 at the Gerena School in Springfield. Both hearings will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At its June 22 meeting, the state Board of Education voted to seek public comment on a proposal that sets a state regulatory definition of average cost per student that is consistent with the current formula now applied administratively by the state Department of Education.
For each student a Commonwealth charter school enrolls, it receives a sum from the state equal to the average cost per student in the school district in which that student resides. The state then deducts the same amount from the sending district's state aid account.
Written comments on the proposal are encouraged. All comments and testimony will be considered before the Board of Education votes on whether to adopt the new regulation. Written comments should be sent by August 7 to: Scott Hamilton, Associate Commissioner for Charter Schools, Massachusetts Department of Education, One Ashburton Place -- Room 1403, Boston, MA 02108; by fax to (617) 727-0049; or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.