Tennessee study points to gaps in charter school funding

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A new study from a reform-focused University of Arkansas education department contends charter schools nationwide are funded less than their traditional public school counterparts and that the gap has widened.

And while that isn’t the case on a statewide basis in Tennessee, it reported that charters in Davidson and Shelby counties — where charters are concentrated here — took in less in funding than district schools there.

According to a report released Monday by the university’s center for education reform that looked at both public and private revenue streams, charters in Tennessee received 15.3 percent more funds than Tennessee’s district schools from 2007 through 2011.

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