Continuing our series on the following information reported by Don Oatman in the “OVERLOOKED ISSUES PERTAINING TO JEFFCO CHARTER SCHOOLS,” the following information is intended to raise awareness of the number non Jeffco students enrolled in charter schools, and the associated costs.
“Issue Number Three – Nonresident Students in Jeffco Charter Schools
Colorado statues allow for students to enroll in other school districts based on a number of factors. For the 2014-2015 school year, Jeffco had a total of 6,795 students from other districts enrolled in Jeffco Schools with 3,228 Jeffco students enrolled in other districts. Based on information contained in reports of the Jeffco Department of Instructional Data Reporting, it is estimated that 1,903 or 28 percent of the students enrolled in Jeffco charter schools are not residents of the Jefferson County School District.
The Colorado School Finance Act provided $8,470 in per student revenue (PPR) to Jeffco in 2014-2015. Of this amount $4,078, or 48 percent was provided by Jeffco taxpayers; $1,395 of the Jeffco taxpayer amount was authorized by mill levy elections. This indicates that Jeffco taxpayers are providing an estimated total of $7,539,723 to the charter schools for students who are not residents of the Jefferson County School District. The total mill levy override portion for these nonresident students is estimated to be $2,975,355.”
More information regarding this and additional charter school issues can be found in the full report at http://goo.gl/vcXF8G