The National Education Policy Center issued a report Thursday on an analysis of spending by schools operated by charter management organizations.
A study of three years of data showed that many of the charter network schools outspent similar public district schools.
The report is called "Spending by the Major Charter Management Organizations: Comparing Charter School & Local Public District Financial Resources in New York, Ohio and Texas."
A news release said the study found that "some charter chains in Texas, such as KIPP, spend substantially more per pupil than district schools in the same city and serving similar populations.
"In some Texas cities (and at the middle school level), these charters spend around 30 to 50 percent more based on state-reported current expenditures. If data from IRS filings are used, these charters ar found to spend 50 to 100 percent more."
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"The NEPC report incorrectly asserts that two KIPP established regions – KIPP Houston and KIPP New York – spend $2,000 and $4,000 more per student respectively, than similarly-sized district schools.
"This false claim is manufactured by (a) failing to include sizable district school expenditures in the comparison with KIPP schools, and (b) attributing to KIPP schools various expenses that the study does not likewise allocate to district schools.
"If the researchers accounted for these differences and created a true ‘apples to apples’ comparison, the spending gap between KIPP and district schools would be virtually eliminated."