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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Preliminary FY21 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment

Below you will find the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's update to the most recent calculation of preliminary FY21 charter school tuition and reimbursements in March. An error in the Above Foundation Percentages affected approximately 21% of sending district rates (54 out of 254). The Department took the opportunity to rerun the rates with the latest budget data from school districts. The updated tuition will be used by the Department of Revenue to certify the April and May local aid distributions. Final FY21 tuition and reimbursements will be calculated in June 2021.

For a summary of the tuition disbursement process, please go to the School Finance: Charter School web posting at Calculation and Disbursement of Commonwealth Charter School Tuition.

Tuition, FTE and Rate Summaries

These tuition estimates reflect the fall enrollment as reported by each charter school via a SIMS (Student Information Management System) electronic data transmission, as well as the most recent district net school spending.

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Preliminary FY21 Charter FTE and Tuition for charter schools is an MS Excel spreadsheet of the number of pupils at each charter school and the total dollars to be paid.
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Preliminary FY21 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.
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Preliminary FY21 Rates by Charter School and Sending District is a comprehensive and sortable list of FTE, capping, and rates for each charter school by sending district.

Rate Component Detail

The charter school tuition rate has three components. The facilities component is set by the legislature at $938 per pupil. The detail for the other two components is provided below.

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Foundation Budget is an MS Excel spreadsheet containing the statutory Foundation Budgets of all applicable charter school sending districts. A drop down menu allows the user to select the school, campus, and district.
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Preliminary FY21 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 Hadley.B.Cabral@mass.gov.

Last Updated: April 21, 2021

 
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