Charter funding in Pennsylvania is a miserable mess. Well, it's a miserable mess if you're not running a charter school; if you are running a charter school, Pennsylvania is like Christmas All The Time.
There are several major issues with the twenty-five-year-old funding rules.
One is that charters, for some arcane reason, are reimbursed for students with special needs at the same high rate. Students with inexpensive special needs are a cash cow in this state, simply illustrated by this piece of research from the PA School Boards Association:In 2014-2015, school districts paid out $294.8 million in special ed supplement money to charter schools.
In 2014-2015, charter schools spent $193.1 million on special ed services.