“This is a historic win for families choosing a public charter school for their child. HB 21 is a first step to closing the funding gap for the 273,000 students attending a public charter school in Texas and will help provide additional classroom seats for the 141,000 students on a charter waiting list.” David Dunn, Texas Charter Schools Association
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The state takeover includes an overhaul of the district funding formula that will enable more money to follow individual students and grant principals more autonomy over their budgets.
One principal plans on expanding after-school tutoring in an effort to boost achievement.
The Legislature failed to overhaul Texas’ broken funding system, but House Bill 21 establishes a school finance commission to study the problem and sends facilities funding to charters.
By tying funding to achievement, charters are pushed to improve in a way that public schools are often not.
A new study by Stanford’s CREDO shows that Texas charter schools have outperformed traditional public schools in reading and closed their achievement gap in math. The full study can be found here.
Data from Dallas County, Texas reveal how local revenues impede student-centered funding.
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