Q: Do charter schools have more money than traditional public schools due to an unfair advantage of being able to fundraise additional dollars?
A: In 2017, the Texas legislature passed HB21 providing charter schools with funding that will help build or maintain school buildings. The passage of HB 21 is a historic step towards equitable school finance in Texas; however, there is still more work to do at the State and Federal levels to eliminate the funding gap. In Texas and in many jurisdictions in the country, both traditional public schools and public charter schools are permitted to fundraise additional dollars. However, unlike independent school districts, open-enrollment charter schools in Texas do not receive funds from local tax revenue. We would love to eliminate our need to fundraise – a right that is also extended to traditional public schools - so that we can function with only federal and state revenue. Read more about our school facilities model.