Research consistently finds that charter schools have a negative financial impact on traditional public school districts–and their students–particularly when they co-exist in large or growing numbers.
How and why do charters hurt public schools financially?Charter Schools and Fiscal Impact, a new brief from In the Public Interest, describes some of the most common causes and types of fiscal impact and offers suggestions for how local or state officials might address this concern.
It also explains why funding public education is so important:
“That system of universal, free public education benefits all of us, whether we have children of school age or not. It is imperative that parallel and less accountable structures such as charter schools be ‘good neighbors’ and similarly committed to ensuring that one system does not harm the other.”