Charter schools saved taxpayers $1,100 per student last year

During the 2012-13 school year, charter schools spent $500 per student less than districts.  According to NC Department of Public Instruction data, the average expenditure for district schools was $8,514.21 per student.  The average charter expenditure was $8,013.77 per student.  Neither per student expenditure figure includes capital expenditures.

Districts spent an average of $594.92 per student on capital outlay over the last five years.  Charter schools do not receive funding for capital needs.   As a result, if you include capital expenditures for the 2012-13 school year, charter schools save taxpayers nearly $1,100 per student.

 

Updated: The capital outlay figure is a five-year, not a single year, average.  My apologies.

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