Clairton, like many Pa. school districts, struggles with charter payments

Jun 26, 2017 by

One of the most common complaints schools districts have about charter schools is about the funds they drain from public schools.

Sometimes, Alexis Trubiani will take a drive to see for herself whether a student’s listed address is actually an occupied residence.

The Clairton City School District only has to pay a charter school for a student who lives within its borders, but a charter school doesn’t have to immediately notify the district if the student moves to another area. It can take months to sort out the confusion and get the money back if an error isn’t corrected immediately, so Ms. Trubiani, the district’s student services liaison, prefers to be proactive.

She has been tasked with tracking the district’s charter school payments for the last five years, filling a role the district created specifically for that reason. During her first two years on the job, she said she found enough money in over-payments to charter schools to pay her salary twice over.

“Things sometimes don’t match up,” said Ms. Trubiani, an alumna of the school district, who also serves as its public relations director.

Source: Clairton, like many Pa. school districts, struggles with charter payments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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