K-3: $5,466

4-6: $4,934

7-8: $5,081

9-12: $5,887

Originally, the base level was proposed at $4,920, with additional money for EL and low-income students.

At last night’s MDUSD board meeting, Superintendent Steven Lawrence told trustees the district is deficit-spending $12 million a year. That’s $3 million a year more than he told the SBE the district was spending. It’s unclear why his deficit estimates are varying so drastically.

]]>“The adjustment for all locally funded charters in the state totaled $3.4 million in 2005–2006″. That’s for ALL CHARTERS. There are a lot more charters now, but the formula has not changed much, if at all.

I’ve played with the math, and I disagree with what the district is saying it will cost. Of course, I’m assuming the article is correct, and that I’m not completely lost.

http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/report/r_310mwr.pdf

The adjustment between Charter Block Grant and District Revenue Limit funding appears to me to be relatively small when you do the complete equation.

The article says: “…in some districts, the charter school block grant provides more funding than revenue limits; in others, it provides less. The locally funded charter school adjustment captures that funding difference. It is calculated by first taking the difference between the average charter school block grant per charter ADA a district receives and the funding it would have received if the students in those schools had been funded by the district’s base revenue limit”.

Per the article’s formula:

Take the Charter Block Grant rate of (approx) $6130.00/ADA, minus Base Rev Limit of $5208.00/ADA and you do get (approx) the amount the district is bemoaning = $922./ADA

However the equation is not complete, and this is the important part.

Page 16: “That difference is then divided by the total actual (32000) ADA of the district, which INCLUDES locally funded charter school ADA”.

You then end up with an “adjustment rate” of (approx).03?

It appears that the District is then taking that $.03 times the entire district of 32000 ADA to get its $960 per charter student or, $1.73 million total.

Following the language and the formula in this article, I believe the district is incorrect.

I believe the adjustment should be $.03 times the charter school ADA of 1800, for an added cost of only about $52.00 per Charter student? A total of $93,600.00 per year.

The district is NOT losing 1800 ADA, it is gaining an additional $922 for each Clayton student ($1,659,600.00), and then only has to pass on the “adjustement rate” of $93,600.00 of it.

The article says that in 2005-6 the mean adjustment was about $2.00 per ADA, but has a range up to $56.00 per ADA.

formula: 6130. minus 5208. = 922. x 1800 = 1,659,600.00 /by 32000 = $51.86 per charter student.

Using this Block Grant formula, I believe the district may also still charge 1-2% for management fees but not for rent-(since it gets to keep a majority chunk of the ADA)-but I’m not really sure about that. If I am correct on all of this, wouldn’t this be the way the district would want to go?

Can someone with a contact in Sacramento (hint-hint) confirm whose $.03 formula is correct.

]]>According to this formula, the San Ramon Valley USD would receive more money, the reader said. And, conversely, if the Acalanes USD were to unify with its feeder elementary districts, they would receive less money overall.

This argument assumes that high schools are costlier to operate than K-8 schools. ]]>