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Charter School Conversations
Do Charter Schools Take Money Away From Other Public Schools?
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The short answer is no. But it’s more complex than that.
Charter schools receive funding from the state just like any other public school; they don’t directly deprive other local schools of funding. Yet, if students from another local school transfer into the charter school—and the other local school can’t fill those seats with new students, causing a decrease in enrollment—then, yes, the charter school has indirectly pulled money from the other local school.
We have been concerned about this since the beginning, as the creation of KCA is intended to complement Illinois Valley High School, not cause IVHS any financial injury. Two co-creators of KCA are IVHS alumni, and the eldest son of another two co-creators attends IVHS (and is thriving). The administration of Three Rivers School District has indicated that, should KCA be approved, there will most likely be an “enrollment cap” on the number of students who can transfer from IVHS to KCA. We would support this requirement in the spirit of building a positive, cooperative relationship with IVHS.
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