Funded: Charters

A Detailed Look at Each State's Charter School Funding Policies

Below, see summaries of the state’s education funding policy in each issue area. Click the Expand icon next to any summary to see more detail, if available, about that state’s policy regarding that issue area. Click the Citation icon
next to any summary to see the sources of the information regarding that issue area.
Iowa
Funding Basics
Authorizer

Charter funding policies and reporting practices within each state may vary depending on the entity that authorized the charter school. Charter schools in Iowa must be authorized by both the local school district and the State Board of Education.

References:
“Charter Schools: What organizations may authorize charter schools, and is there a statewide authorizing body?” Education Commission of the States, 50-State Comparison, January 2018. 
Funding Formula

Funding for charter schools in Iowa is not subject to a specific calculation.

Iowa state law does not specify how charter schools should be funded. Charter schools are considered part of local school districts for funding purposes and the local school district may fund charters as it does any other school within its district. However, charter schools must submit its financial plans as part of its application for a charter.

References:
Iowa Code Ann. § 256F.4 (Lexis 2019)
Iowa Code Ann § 256F.5 (Lexis 2019)
Funding Distribution
Funding Distribution

Charter schools in Iowa receive all funding through local school districts.

References:
Iowa Code Ann. § 256F.4 (Lexis 2019)
Iowa Code Ann. § 256F.5 (Lexis 2019)
Withholdings

State law in Iowa does not specify that a share of charter funding is withheld.

References:
pers. comm. Tom Cooley, Iowa Department of Education, email, October 2, 2018
Local Taxes

All charter schools in Iowa receive a share of local tax revenue.

Iowa state law does not specify how charter schools should be funded. However, charter schools are considered part of local school districts for funding purposes and the local school district funds charters as it does any other school within its district, including by sharing local tax revenue.

References:
Iowa Code Ann. § 256F.4 (Lexis 2019)
Iowa Code Ann. § 256F.5 (Lexis 2019)
Data and Reporting
Legal Status

Charter schools in Iowa are part of local education agencies.

Charter schools in Iowa are part of the local education agency of the district where they are located.

References:
pers. comm. Thomas Cooley, Iowa Department of Education, email, October 2, 2018
 
Student Count

Charter school students in Iowa are counted as students of the school district in which the charter school is located for state reporting purposes.

References:
pers. comm. Thomas Cooley, Iowa Department of Education, email, October 2, 2018
Funding

State funding for charter schools in Iowa is reported as part of state funding for the school district where the charter school is located.

References:
pers. comm. Thomas Cooley, Iowa Department of Education, email, October 2, 2018.
Expenditures

Charter school expenditures in Iowa are reported as part of expenditures of the school district where the charter school is located.

References:
pers. comm. Thomas Cooley, Iowa Department of Education, email, October 2, 2018.