by Katherine Apfelbaum, Ken Ardon
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
July 10, 2014
Lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts would yield positive benefits to the state’s lowest-performing districts. Providing seats for all the students currently on charter wait lists without exceeding the current spending cap would increase tuition by $141 million, or a little less than 5 percent of net school spending for the affected districts. If this expansion took place relatively quickly, the commonwealth would reimburse local districts for 28 percent of the extra tuition payments during the first 10 years to allow districts time to adjust to reduced enrollment and funding. Raising the cap would provide tens of thousands of students with access to the high-quality education charter public schools offer.