Meeting the Challenge: Managing the Fiscal Impact of Charter Schools in PA

Four years after Pennsylvania allowed the formation of charter schools, enrollments in Philadelphia are on the rise. Some of the most hotly debated issues surrounding the creation of charter schools relate to the way they are financed, and the ensuing implications to their host school districts.


The City of Philadelphia, School District of Philadelphia, and Urban Affairs Coalition asked the Economy League to analyze the fiscal effect of the legislation -- primarily the cost of charters and the efficiencies afforded by their presence.  The findings of this analysis are presented in this report.