Funding of Charter Public Schools [See Title 16 Chapter 97 The
Rhode Island Board of Education Act]
§ 16-77.1-2 Operating costs.
(a) Operating costs of a charter public school shall be the total of the per
pupil payments for each student attending the charter public school. The per
pupil payment for each student shall be determined based on the per pupil cost
for the district of residence of each student. The state's share of the per
pupil amount for each student attending the charter public school shall be paid
by the state directly to the charter public school and shall be the percent, or
share ratio, previously calculated under chapter 7 of this title; provided,
that in no case shall the ratio be less than thirty percent (30%), minus the
five percent (5%) of per pupil cost designated for indirect cost support to the
student's school district as defined in subsection (b). The five percent (5%)
indirect cost amount shall be deducted from the district per pupil cost before
the state share is derived by applying the share ratio to the district per
pupil cost. The local share of the per pupil amount for each student attending
the charter public school shall be paid to the charter public school by the
district of residence of the student and shall be the per pupil cost for the
district of residence of the student minus the state share of that per pupil
cost as designated in this section.
(b) In addition to all state aid to education paid to a local
district pursuant to chapter 7.1 of this title, the state will pay an
additional amount to the district for each student from this district who is
attending a charter public school. The additional amount of state aid per pupil
shall be five percent (5%) of the districts per pupil cost. The additional
state aid shall be for the purpose of assisting local school districts to
undertake the indirect costs borne by a district when its student attends a
charter public school.
(c) The state department of elementary and secondary
education shall annually determine both the state and local share of each
charter public school's operating costs by deriving the respective shares
associated with each student reported as a member of the charter public school
as of June 30 of the reference year as defined in § 16-7-16(11) (or the
enrollment as of October 1 of the current school year in the first year of
operation of a charter school). All other data used in this determination shall
be based upon the reference year as defined in § 16-7-16(11).
(d) The state shall make payments of its share of operating
costs to each charter public school on a quarterly basis in July, October,
January, and April. The July and October payments will be based upon the
reported student membership of the charter public school as of June 30 of the
reference year as defined in § 16-7-16(11) (or the enrollment as of
October 1 of the current school year in the first year of operation of a
charter school). Charter public schools will report current student enrollment,
including district of residence for school purposes of each student enrolled,
and each district will report current total district operating expenses and
total district enrollments (including district students enrolled in charter
public schools) annually by October 1. If the October 1 data on a charter
public school's student enrollment show a ten percent (10%) or greater increase
or decrease in students from the June membership count, the third and fourth
quarter payments to the charter public school will be adjusted to reflect
actual student enrollment in the charter public school.
(e) Local district payments to charter public schools for
each district's students enrolled in the charter public school shall also be
made quarterly as designated in subsection (d); the first local district
payment shall be made by August 15 instead of July. Any local school district
more than thirty (30) days in arrears on a quarterly payment for its student(s)
enrolled in a charter public school shall have the amount of the arrearage
deducted from state aid to that district and the withheld arrearage shall be
paid by the state directly to the charter public school.
(f) Local school districts with student(s) enrolled in a
charter public school shall continue to report these students in the total
census of district public school students and will receive state aid for all
these students pursuant to the provisions of chapter 7.1 of this title.
(g) All entitlements except those provided for in §
16-24-6.2 shall be ratably reduced if less than one hundred percent (100%) of
the expenditures is appropriated.
(h) For fiscal year 2007, the indirect aid paid to districts
pursuant to this section shall equal the amount received in the fiscal year
2006 enacted budget by the 2005 general assembly.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1999, ch. 366, § 2; P.L. 2005, ch. 117, art. 13, §§ 3, 5;
P.L. 2006, ch. 246, art. 19, § 8.)