Delaware Governor John Carney delivered his FY2019 Proposed Budget and it looks like Delaware charter schools will get some extra cash out of the deal if the General Assembly includes this in their final budget they must vote on by June 30th!
Is this even legal? Does the Governor have the legal authority to arbitrarily raise a percentage amount for local payments from districts to charters based on “inflation”? Sadly, he does. It is written in Title 14.
So what do sections 408 and 509 of Title 14 say?
(e) The district of residence shall, except as provided for in subsection (h) of this section, pay to the receiving district the lower local
cost per pupil expenditure of the 2 districts, adjusted by an inflation factor specified annually in the annual appropriations act, such
payment to be made by November 30 of each year.
(d) The Department of Education shall annually calculate the local cost per student expended by each school district for each type of
student for the year immediately preceding based on the formula set forth in subsection (e) of this section, adjusted by a factor necessary
to fund the charter school on a basis reasonably equivalent to the current year local cost per student, which factor shall be established in
the annual Appropriations Act. The Department shall annually certify each local district’s local cost per student expenditure by September
1 of each year.
So does that mean Delaware school districts are getting 2% more based on “inflation”? Absolutely not. Everything goes up in price. So saying “inflation” without any meaning behind it is just another way to give charter schools more money. I do not blame the charters for this, I blame the power brokers that snuck this in there. Of course it is absolutely legal because it is in state code. But that certainly doesn’t make it right or moral. Add the extra match tax funds charters will get this year and it is obvious charter lobbyists will squeeze as much juice out of the district fruit as they can! Lest we forget, charters do get state funding. They don’t live and die based on local student payments. They get as much state funding (except for capital costs) that traditional school districts do. They also have the charter school transportation slush fund