Georgia's state-funded charter schools are free and open to all students, but many miss out on local tax dollars that benefit students in traditional K-12 public schools.

More than 67,000 students enrolled in charter schools in the spring of 2021, totaling roughly 1 in 26 students out of the state’s total 1.7 million student population, according to state data. Most charter schools have less money to spend per student than traditional schools in their surrounding districts or compared to the state average, state Department of Education data shows.

Charter advocates say funding disparities makes it tough for many charter schools to boost student academic progress compared to nearby schools, which is a key part of the agreements that allow them to exist.

Unlock This Article