Pennsylvania Charter School Facts
1. PA charter school funding has risen dramatically—to more than $2 billion—
because charter enrollment has risen from 91,000 to 169,000 in 10 years.
District enrollment statewide has declined by 159,000 during the same period.
2. However, charter growth has not reduced funding for school districts.
Net district revenue (after charter school payments are deducted) has increased on both
an absolute and per-pupil basis.
3. Funding for charter school students has grown, but on a per-student
basis it has consistently lagged district funding.
On average, charter students receive 17% lower funding.
4. Charter schools enroll far higher percentages of low-income, Black,
Hispanic and special education students than school districts.
Sources: PA Department of Education, Enrollment Reports and Annual Financial
Reporting, 2010-11 to 2020-21 (preliminary)