To: Howard Stephenson, Steve Eliason, Mike Kennedy, Stuart Adams, Lyle Hillyard, Aaron Osmond, Jani Iwamoto, Steve Urquhart, Daniel Thatcher, LaVar Christensen, Joel Briscoe, Norm Thurston, Kraig Powell, Marie Poulson, David Lifferth, Brad Last, Francis Gibson, Justin Fawson, Becky Edwards, Bruce Cutler,
Subject: Maintain the October 1 Headcount Funding Method for Charter Schools
Date: Wed Feb 11 15:21:04 MST 2015
To the members of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee:
I understand you recently met and discussed whether charter schools should continue to use the October 1 headcount as the basis for charter school funding. I believe I understand most all the reasons this discussion would be appropriate - may I take a few minutes of your time to help you see how VITAL this form of funding is to Utah charter schools. I need you to understand that charter schools cannot afford to lose this method of budget allocation this year.
1) Utah charter schools already receive less per student than Utah district schools.
2) Eliminating the October 1 headcount funding method would cost Utah charter schools $5-6 Million, unless it is replaced with another type of equitable funding.
3) Eliminating the October 1 headcount funding method would exacerbate the inequitable funding between charter schools and school districts , unless it is replaced with another type of equitable funding.
It is my understanding charter schools do receive more state funding per student than school districts, however Utah charter schools receive less money, overall, per student than district schools. Eliminating the October 1 headcount funding method would increase the funding gap between between what school districts and charter schools receive , unless it is replaced with another type of equitable funding.
Thank you for 'listening' to my concerns. Thank you for all the work you do for our state.
~ Rick ~
Rick Kempton, Director
Noah Webster Academy