How are tuition amounts determined?
The state establishes two rates, based on prior year expenditures of the school district of residence. One formula is used for non-special education students and another for special education students. The per-student tuition paid by each school district can vary widely for students attending the same cyber or charter school. The actual cost of education and services at the cyber or charter is not considered in the formula. Find charter school tuition rates by school district on the PA Dept. of Education website.
How do tuition rates compare to actual costs?
While the actual cost for educating each student will vary among the cyber and charter schools attended, the school district must provide tuition payments to all at the same rate, established by the PA Dept. of Education. According to the PSBA SPECIAL REPORT: The Critical Need for Charter School Reform:
“During the 2012-13 school year, school districts sent charter schools more than $350 million in special education tuition, while charter schools only spent approximately $156 million on special education, leaving them with nearly a $200 million profit.”When does a school district have to provide transportation to a non-public school?
When a school district provides transportation for its public pupils, it must provide transportation services to non-public pupils of the same grade level that it is providing for its own pupils. The non-public school must be nonprofit and located within ten miles of the District’s boundary, measured by the nearest public road.