But Charters do not drain public funding from traditional schools. Public charter schools represent just under 4 percent of the statewide student population, and 4 percent of state education funding follows them. Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has assessed Question #2 as fiscally benign.
Of the nearly $12.7 billion spent on public education in Massachusetts just under 4 percent goes to charters, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation reported recently. That lines up with statewide enrollment in charter schools, which is just under 4 percent.
AS THIS NOVEMBER’S ballot initiative on raising the cap on the number of charter public schools in Massachusetts draws closer, opponents find ever-more financial woes to blame on the schools. But a September Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation study is just the latest to conclude that those accusations don’t pass muster.