Out of Delaware’s total 136,027 students, 11,865 go to charter schools, 124,162 continue in public education… (8.72%) (btw Red Clay’s charters not included since Red Clay is the authorizer)
That little 9% siphons a money better spent in public schools. Costs in 2016.
ACADEMIA ANTONIA ALONSO 1,232 Payments $3,524,608.63
ACADEMY OF DOVER CHARTER SCHL 1,374 Payments $3,628,701.16
CAMPUS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 2,425 Payments $4,558,838.47
DE COLLEGE PREPARATORY ACADEMY 1,364 Payments $2,351,143.15
DELAWARE DESIGN-LAB HS 1,282 Payments $2,410,480.42
EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL 1,144 Payments $2,757,920.69
EAST SIDE CHARTER SCHOOL 3,060 Payments $7,426,823.05
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS ACADEMY 2,613 Payments $8,846,337.76
FIRST STATE MONTESSORI ACADEMY 1,388 Payments $3,794,639.93
FREIRE CHARTER SCHOOL 1,354 Payments $2,958,912.10
GATEWAY LAB SCHOOL 1,749 Payments $4,556,773.53
GREAT OAKS CHARTER SCHOOL 751 Payments $3,229,356.48
KUUMBA ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL 1,995 Payments $8,058,005.38
LAS AMERICAS ASPIRA 3,549 Payments $7,931,013.77
MAPLETON CHARTER SCHOOL AT WHI 2 Payments $1,736.86
MAURICE J. MOYER ACADEMY 50 Payments $112,524.40
MOT CHARTER SCHOOL 4,510 Payments $11,355,105.68
NEWARK CHARTER SCHOOL 3,958 Payments $26,599,416.25
ODYSSEY CHARTER 3,161 Payments $13,048,335.82
POSITIVE OUTCOMES CHARTER SCHL 1,746 Payments $3,118,502.54
PRESTIGE ACADEMY 1,427 Payments $3,687,431.41
PROVIDENCE CREEK ACAD CHTR SCH 3,351 Payments $7,414,681.73
REACH ACADEMY FOR GIRLS 37 Payments $233,814.90
SUSSEX ACADEMY OF ARTS SCIENCE 2,336 Payments $6,422,637.21
THE DELAWARE MET 870 Payments $2,100,835.55
THOMAS A EDISON CHARTER SCHOOL 2,790 Payments $9,237,268.52
All told, roughly $149,365,845.39 was spent on non-Red Clay Charters… which taught only 11,865 students. On gross cost, that amounts to $12,588 a student…. Without charters and all else being equal, that same money when spread across the balance of those left in public schools, is a lost benefit of $1202 or rounded down, $1200 loss per student remaining in public schools… (Total benefit to a class of 20 would be $24,000).
So in a future court case by the ACLU over the unconstitutionality of charter schools in Delaware, when asked to prove harm backing their claim, here it is… Charter Schools take $1200 away from each student remaining in public schools…
Now some people think that since money follows a child that those schools with fewer students need less. Unfortunately no. The costs to those schools losing students to charters remain the same. Utility costs don’t change because you have fewer students; teaching costs don’t change because you have fewer students. Maintenance costs don’t change because you have fewer students. In fact, no costs get eliminated because you have fewer students. What does happen is all those fixed costs go up as a percentage of total revenue coming in. So there is less discretionary income available for students… You have to cut things like football, sports, music, arts, and all those things that are more important than books in any school.
Likewise, the charters on a shoe string budget are also running at levels of no frills with none of the above. A whole generation loses big time.
And for what gain? Only one of those schools met proficiency levels… Roughly 2000 students…
WE are going through all this pain of hurting 134,000 students just to hit our goals for 2200.
This is why, Charter Schools need to be eliminated from Delaware. Or with enough political will, they can still be allowed to stay, but only if they are fully funded by line items in the state budget, and public schools return to being fully funded by their localities.
The problem is not so much with the harm Charters do to their own students… It is what they do to everyone else…. And upon surveying the damage done so far, it is past time everyone not hired or associated with the CHARTER SCHOOLS NETWORK, stands up and says… NO MORE……