Study of Oregon Charter School Funding

Charter Schools in the state of Oregon are funded on a per pupil basis from each resident district’s state provided General Purpose Grant allocation. These funds are provided to district authorized charter schools on a per student basis using a formula established in state law. In 2010 Seed Strategies, LLC prepared a study of charter school funding for the Northwest Center for Educational Options. This study highlighted the disparity between per pupil funding at charter schools and their district operated counterparts. The purpose of this current study is to update this previous study based on the most recent data available, reflecting any recent changes in district practices. To accomplish this task ECONorthwest worked with Oregon Department of Education staff to acquire and employ the appropriate district and charter school finance data.