Matthew Wilder, spokesman for Boston Public Schools, said he did not believe the study’s call for increased funding to charter schools would necessarily hurt district schools also vying for more resources. Collaborative efforts, he said, could ensure that all schools in the area benefit from increased funding.
“The mayor has made it very clear that there needs to be a new era of cooperation between traditional public schools and charter schools,” Wilder said. “We’re past the time where we can really argue about these things.”
Kevin Andrews, founding headmaster of the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, said that after allocations from the state, his school must still pay $400,000 to $450,000 per year in loans to fund the school’s campus. Those costs are covered using private funds, he said — but many other charter schools do not have the same kind of access to outside resources.
“We’re not asking for the sky. We’re not asking for anything except fairness — and if you really look at the facts,” Andrews said, “you will clearly see that there is a gap that needs to be filled for charter schools.”