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
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Oregon
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 Oregon may be authorized by local school districts and the State Board of Education, on appeal.

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 Oregon is calculated based on a formula similar to the one used to calculate funding for traditional public schools.

Like traditional public schools, charter schools are funded through a student-based formula that considers the characteristics of students they educate. Charter schools authorized by a local school district receive from that district 80% of the school district’s weighted per student funding for students in grades K-8, and 95% for students in grades 9-12. Charters that are authorized by the State Board of Education will receive, from the school district where they are located, 90% of the district’s weighted per student funding for students in grades K-8, and 95% of the district’s per student funding for students in grades 9-12. As with that of traditional public schools, charter schools’ student count is weighted to provide increased funding for English-language learners, students from low-income households, students with disabilities, and other student groups.

Local school districts may also share local funds with charter schools.

References:
Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 327.013 (Lexis 2019)
Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 338.155 (Lexis 2019)
Funding Distribution
Funding Distribution

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

Charter schools in Oregon receive funding from the local school district where they are located.

References:
Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 338.155 (Lexis 2019)
Withholdings

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

Local school districts may withhold between 5% and 20% percent of the school districts funding per student for administrative and fixed costs associated with having a charter in their district.

References:
Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 338.155 (Lexis 2019)
Local Taxes

Some charter schools in Oregon may receive a share of local tax revenue, while other charter schools may not.

Distribution of local tax revenue is left to individual districts, so charter schools in some districts may receive a share of local revenue.

References:
pers. comm. Adam Krein, Oregon Department of Education, email, October 4, 2018.
Data and Reporting
Legal Status

Charter schools in Oregon are part of local education agencies.

Charter schools in Oregon are part of the local education agency where the charter is located.

References:
pers. comm. Adam Krein, Oregon Department of Education, email, October 4, 2018.
Student Count

Charter school students in Oregon may be counted as students of the charter they attend or as students of the school district in which the charter school is located, for state reporting purposes.

Charter school students are counted as students of the district in which the charter is located for the purpose of calculating funding. However, charter school students are counted as students of the charter they attend when the state collects student count data later in the year.

References:
pers. comm. Adam Krein, Oregon Department of Education, email, October 26, 2018
Funding

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

References:
pers. comm. Adam Krein, Oregon Department of Education, email, October 26, 2018.
Expenditures

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

References:
pers. comm. Adam Krein, Oregon Department of Education, email, October 26, 2018.