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Charters raising less

I was drawn to an 11:30 a.m. post by Philissa Cramer at GothamSchools, revealing that someone in New York associated with a GothamSchools funder has calculated how much charter schools in New York are raising beyond the money they get from the school district. Apparently the private money has declined because of the recession.

I wish we had that kind of data in D.C. It would lead to many interesting discussions of how much the charters need to keep quality up, and whether or not regular schools could do the same.

By Jay Mathews  | January 15, 2010; 5:33 PM ET
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  GothamSchools blog, New York charter schools, Philissa Cramer; private funds  
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Jay, have you ever looked at what schools in DCPS have to raise in order to "keep quality up"?

The high performing schools in upper NW raise between $250,000 and $500,000 each year to pay teachers, provide supplies, buses for field trips and improve facilities.

This is particularly relevant right now, as schools put budgets together. An extra $350,000 is a big difference in a 4 million dollar operating budget.

By the way, are you aware of the main fundraiser at these schools? It's to ask the parents to write a generous check. Sadly, that is not a possibility at my child's school. Our parents don't have that sort disposable income.

Posted by: Title1SoccerMom | January 17, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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