Charter schools are publicly-funded schools that are afforded autonomy from typical regulations that traditional public schools face but are still held accountable for student achievement.

The Public Charter School Funding Study is a series of analyses comparing the funding levels between public charter schools and traditional public schools across the country. So far, trends generally show that among schools that serve a similar population of students, public charter schools are funded at lower levels than traditional public schools.

For the first time, in our 2014 report, we compare how efficient charter schools and traditional public schools use their funds and estimate a return on investment for charter schools.

Charter school funding 2005
Charter school funding 2010
Charter school funding 2014
Charter school funding 2017