The COVID-19 crisis has reduced the State’s revenues significantly. The impact of the lost revenue is seen in the state aid to districts and the charter school tuition formula. The charter school funding formula for 2020-21 was changed to include a 5.5% reduction in the formula similar to the “pandemic adjustment” rate applied to state aid to school districts in the budget. This 5.5% reduction is applied as part of a larger formula that includes calculations regarding prior increases in funding; as a result, most schools will not experience a direct 5.5% reduction in their per-pupil funding for the 2020-2021 school year.
The charter school basic tuition includes the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding allocated to New York State.
To assist you in the application process for CARES act funding, our team has created our 2020-21 Change-in-Funding Calculator for New York Charter Schools. You can access the calculator here.
To calculate your school’s tuition, access our calculator here. Note: these rates have been updated to match the actual 2020-21 Charter School Tuition rates released on 5/21/2020 by SED. For almost all sending districts, our estimates were within $1 of the actuals. Regardless, we encourage you to use the calculator below to re-run your numbers, and to reach out with any questions.
An explanation of the formula and calculation example appear below. If you have any questions, or would like to calculate tuition for a district that does not appear in our calculator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2020-2021 Charter School Basic Tuition is calculated by:
Charter school tuition for 2020-21 will be the lesser of either:
A. The product of:
i. Charter school basic tuition for the previous year;
ii. The average of quotients of approved operating expense divided by the previous year’s operating expense for the sending district for the 2018-19, 2017-18, and 2016-17; and
B. 2018-19 Total General Fund Expenditures for the sending district divided by 2018-18 enrollment for the sending district. Note that this did not apply for any of the sending districts for which we calculated tuition.
For Example School District:
- Charter school basic tuition for 2019-20 = $13,494
- The Quotients for the 3 years prior to the base year are:
- Quotient of 16-17 AOE/15-16 AOE = 1.1117
- Quotient of 17-18 AOE/16-17 AOE = 1.0022
- Quotient of 18-19 AOE/17-18 AOE = 0.9918
2020-21 Tuition for Example School District is: the lesser of either:
A. The product of:
i. Charter school basic tuition for the previous year = $13,494
ii. The average of quotients of approved operating expense divided by the previous year’s operating expense for the sending district for the 2018-19, 2017-18, and 2016-17 (1.1117+1.0022+0.9918)/3 = 1.03523; and
A = $13,494 x 1.03523 x 0.945 = $13,201
B. 2018-19 Total General Fund Expenditures for the sending district $882,568,836 divided by 2018-18 enrollment for the sending district 40795.
B = $882,568,836/40795 = $21,634
The lesser of A or B is $13,201
2020-21 Tuition Calculator
Select a district from the dropdown list and use the + sign to add it to the calculation table. Then, enter the expected enrollment from each district to calculate a total.
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