Charter schools don’t get a special fund to pay for facilities. Instead, facility funds come entirely from a per-pupil formula. In fact, most of their state funds are based on the formula, which amounts to $7,089 per student.
“Subsidizing or supplanting that would tremendously help their operational costs and allow growth,” Thompson said.
The commission added the amount each school pays to rent its facilities to get the roughly $5.5 million amount, Thompson said.
The money would go toward continuing to rent facilities, rather than buying property, according to the budget request.
If the Legislature approves the roughly $5.5 million requested for facilities, Tokuda said the money cannot be held in a private account.
The commission also requested $579,000 to provide incentive pay for hard-to-staff schools, and $90,000 for National Board Certified Teacher awards. The awards are statutorily mandated, and charter schools currently use the per-pupil finds for the awards.
Other requests included $200,000 as start-up funds for new charter schools and $112,000 more for commission staff salaries.
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