When City Schools began developing the 2017-18 budget, initial allocations for schools were based on the amount of projected revenue at the time, before additional funds were committed by the state and city. In February, school leaders received those initial allocations and worked with their school communities to develop their budgets for next year.

In late March, after months of advocacy, a commitment for additional resources from the state and city, and savings findings, City Schools’ finance team was confident that more funds could be distributed to schools. School leaders received new budget allocations and revised their school budgets, to be submitted by April 7.

Because the district uses different funding formulas for traditional and charter schools, the additional resources from the city and state affect the formulas differently. This year’s budget challenges have highlighted the importance of reviewing the funding models to ensure equity across all schools.

Calculating Traditional School Funding for 2017-18

The numbers below reflect the additional funding announced in March.

For purposes of comparison, the per-pupil amount from the initial budget allocations in February was $4,585; the amount for the current 2016-17 school year is $5,693. Also note that traditional schools receive additional funds (“weights”) for students in specific populations. For 2017-18 these weights are $800 for students at advanced and basic levels, $641 for students with disabilities in self-contained classrooms, and $520 for high school students at risk of dropping out.

Calculating Charter School Funding for 2017-18

The numbers below reflect the additional funding announced in March.

*Includes $25.4 million in 21st Century Buildings Plan MSA debt expense beginning in 2017-18.

For comparison, the original per-pupil amount from the initial budget allocations in February was $8,778; the 2016-17 amount is $9,251.

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  1. Anonymous Reply

    Since the district disburses staff and materials to self-contained special education classes instead of dollars, the $641 is not a weight but funds for additional supplies.

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