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Charter schools, parents OK Christina, DOE settlement deal

Delaware Public Media

15 Charter schools have approved a settlement with the Christina School District and the Delaware Department of Education over a funding dispute.

The charters sued both Christina and the Delaware Department of Education in October over the method used to calculate the amount of funds Christina sends to charters serving its students.


A settlement was reached last month. This week, the charter schools approved it.


Under the settlement, the Christina School District will share $5.5 million in revenue with the charters. Those funds will come from a tax increase initiated by a 2003 referendum.


In exchange, the charter schools will withdraw all complaints about funding for current school year.


The Department of Education agreed to be more transparent about its cost-per-student calculations for each district.

All sides have now agreed to approve the settlement.

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