Rockford Charter School Paradox

Published January 1, 2003

When Rockford Public Schools in Illinois denied the YouthBuild Charter School proposal, it argued the district needed no such program of choice, and also that it would be unable to absorb the budgetary impact of the proposed school–estimated to be less than 1/10th of 1 percent of the district’s budget. Since denying the charter, the district has applied for and received a grant from the public school choice program, and it has announced a $7.5 million surplus.