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school approximated the state average in 1998-99. Charter schools can use capital funding
for general operating expenditures in Massachusetts.
State Start-Up Assistance: As with school districts, payments are made to charter schools at the end of each quarter, except for the first year of operation when the charter school’s first
payment is 45 days after the beginning of the first quarter. Certification for advance
occurred in the two most involved and expensive categories where the state average is 4.5 percent of
enrollment, and the charter school average is 1.8 percent. The 1998 annual report of the state charter school
office reports that 13 percent of charter school students had IEPs compared to the 16 percent state average.
The National Charter School Survey (RPP, 1999) reports a 9.9 percent special education population in
Massachusetts charter schools. 146 Appendix Massachusetts funding may also be obtained. The Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency has provided
partial guarantees for cashflow loans for several charter schools.
Uniform Financial Reporting: Beginning in 1998-99, charter schools will provide uniform financial reporting in a format customized for charter schools.
Independent Financial Audit: Required.
Responsibility for Debt: Charter school board is responsible for debt.
Ownership and Disposition of Assets: Charter school governing boards own assets. If a charter school is dissolved, the state would assume control of all assets that belong to the
school, would liquidate those assets, and then address the claims of creditors.
Teacher Retirement: Certified teachers must participate in the state retirement system. All charter schools participate. Appendix 147 Venturesome Capital: State Charter School Finance Systems Massachusetts
Total FTE enrollment Basic Elementary
a 1. Tuition
2. Special education
3. Low income
4. Bilingualc Middle Cost K-12
FTE $/Member 0
0 $ - 0 c c $ 7,000
$ - Urban At-Risk
100 a b 17 $ 7,000
- 34 $ 8,200
- 30 $ - 60 $ - 5 $ - 10 $ - c $ - $ - $ - d 6. Student transportation
7. Federal funding
Other federal programs
Special education $ 190 $ 190 $ 190 $
128 Total revenue $ 7,255 $ 7,466 $ 8,877 $ $ $ 5. Other state categorical One-time facilities funding e Transition aid for districts (sending districts) f 260 $ 2,170 260 $ 2,170 260 $ 2,542 ASSUMPTIONS: All schools are commonwealth charter schools. Basic elementary charter school enrolls
only students who are not at risk and have no special needs. Middle cost K-12 charter school has the same
student population characteristics as the average Massachusetts district. At-risk upper grade charter school
has twice the concentration of special education and at-risk students as the Massachusetts average and the
same tuition as Boston.
Based on actual average charter school tuition for 1998-99. The lowest average tuition for a charter school is
about $5,700, and the lowest payment b...
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