In 2011, PDE processed approximately 8,300
redirection requests from charter schools seeking tuition payments directly
from the commonwealth, drawn from school district subsidy payments. In 2018,
the number of redirection requests grew to nearly 13,500 — a more than 60
Redirection requests result from a multitude
of factors and amounts range widely. In the most recent fiscal year, individual
redirection requests ranged from $0.04 to more than $1.3 million. Some requests
reflect a single tuition payment for a single student from a single school district;
others involve hundreds of students over dozens of school districts, as in the
case of cyber charter schools.
But the consequence is the same — the increasing
volume of redirection requests requires the state to divert attention from
other critical school-funding and data-quality projects to process payments
that should be a purely local transaction.