Come Together to Get State Facilities Funds for Public Charter Schools
Hawaii's public charter schools do not get facilities funding from our state. This is a problem because a school's building costs must be squeezed out of a small funding pot -- $7089/per pupil allocation (PPA) per year. Cost for facilities and maintenance is roughly 9% of a school’s budget, but this varies among start-up or conversion schools. The same PPA must also stretch to pay for salaries, collective bargaining costs, curriculum, equipment and supplies, utility services and a mountain of other expenses required to run a school.
By contrast, traditional public schools have separate budgets through weighted student formula to run a school, pay for meals and transportation, and debt funding that pay for the facilities and maintenance needs of school buildings, which total roughly $14,000 per pupil per year.
All students deserve in public charter school or DOE schools need better facilities. It's time to change this equation by asking lawmakers to add facilities funding for charter schools in the state's budget this year.
· Research shows a significant relationship between the condition of school facilities and student performance.
· Act 234 (2015) requires the legislature to consider appropriations and bond authorizations for charter school facilities
· Formation of the facilities funding working group authorized by Act 234 has convened to guidance for the Charter School Commission to develop criteria to determine the distribution of funds appropriated.
· Every child is deserving of safe public school facilities including those who chose an education in public charter schools.
· Only a few of Hawaii's 34 and soon to be 37 charter schools have state land lease agreements and just six are in converted DOE school facilities.
· For start-up charter school facilities costs are a higher burden on the per pupil allocation
· Last year the Board of Education called for charter school facilities funding to be included in the state budget
· Your support for HB533 to appropriate funds for charter school facilities is needed today!