Parents urged to stay in Cheltenham
To begin the Cheltenham Township School Board meeting Tuesday, board President Tina Viletto released a statement asking parents to keep their children in public school rather than send them to a charter school or cyber-charter school.
“One of the largest costs of the Cheltenham School District are charter schools,” Viletto said. She then explained that charter schools and cyber-charter schools are paid by school districts for each child that attends in accordance with state law. Viletto said in addition to paying tuition costs, the school district must also offer extra-curricular activities and provide transportation to students in the Cheltenham School Dis- trict who attend charter and cyber-charter schools.
The finance department for the school district put together an educational presentation about how much money the district loses per child in charter schools. According to the data, the district pays $15,086 per student and $33,243 per special education student in tuition to charter schools, where as on average the district spends $11,284 in instructional costs per student who attends school in the district. The finance department estimates Cheltenham School District spent approximately $169,303 in charter schools and services last year.
The information on charter schools and cyber-charter schools is available to the public at http://finance.cheltenham.org/ charter-school-fundingL.