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.
Idaho
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 Idaho may be authorized by local school districts, the Public Charter School Commission, and other entities such as institutions of higher 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 Idaho is calculated based on a formula similar to the one used to calculate funding for traditional public schools.

Like traditional public schools, charter schools in Idaho are funded through a resource-based funding formula that determines assumes different staff ratios for students in different grade level, students with disabilities, and small schools. Charter schools are also eligible for most program-specific allocations, such as grant funding for English-language learners.

Virtual charter schools are funded based on either students’ actual hours of attendance or the percentage of coursework completed at the charter, whichever is more advantageous to the charter.

References:
Alissa Metzler and Christina Nava. English Learners (EL) Enhancement Grants–Request for Proposals (RFP) 2017-2019, (Boise, ID: Idaho State Department of Education, 2017),
Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1002 (Lexis 2019)
Idaho Code Ann. § 33-5208 (Lexis 2019)
Funding Distribution
Funding Distribution

Charter schools in Idaho receive all funding directly from the state.

References:
Idaho Code Ann. § 33-5208 (Lexis 2019)
pers. comm. Michelle Clement Taylor, Idaho State Department of Education, email, January 23, 2019.
Withholdings

Charter schools in Idaho will have a share of their funding withheld, with the maximum set by state law.

Entities that authorize charter schools, including local school districts, the Public Charter School Commission, and institutions of higher education may charge charter school a fee to defray the cost of monitoring, evaluation, and oversight.

References:
Idaho Code § 33-5208 (Lexis 2019)
pers. comm. Michelle Clement Taylor, Idaho State Department of Education, email, November 30, 2018.
Local Taxes

Charter schools in Idaho do not receive a share of local tax revenue.

References:
pers. comm. Michelle Clement Taylor, Idaho State Department of Education, email, November 30, 2018.
Data and Reporting
Legal Status

Some charter schools in Idaho constitute their own local education agencies, while others are a part of local education agencies.

References:
Michelle Clement Taylor, Idaho State Department of Education, email, November 30, 2018.
 
Student Count

Charter school students in Idaho are counted as students of the charter they attend for state reporting purposes.

References:
Michelle Clement Taylor, Idaho State Department of Education, email, November 30, 2018
Funding

State funding for charter schools in Idaho is reported separately from state funding for any district.

References:
Michelle Clement Taylor, Idaho State Department of Education, email, November 30, 2018.
Expenditures

Charter school expenditures in Hawaii are reported separately from expenditures of any school district.

References:
Michelle Clement Taylor, Idaho State Department of Education, email, November 30, 2018.