MANHATTAN INSTITUTE STUDY SHOWS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS DO NOT HARM DISTRICTS FINANCIALLY

September 21, 2016

The Manhattan Institute study should put to rest any notion that public charter schools have a negative impact on local school budgets or traditional public school performance. The Institute concludes that the opposite is true  - increased enrollment in public charter schools “effectively increases per-pupil expenditures at district schools” and has a positive effect on the academic performance of traditional public school students.

Public charter schools have provided high quality public educational options for families in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state for more than 20 years. But, more than 30,000 children are stranded on public charter school waiting lists hoping for an opportunity for a better education and a brighter future - an opportunity that likely will not come unless arbitrary enrollment caps are lifted at the ballot box on November 8.

(STATEMENT BY MARC KENEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MASSACHUSETTS CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL ASSOCIATION)