If the Westminster Community Charter School accepts its entire award for the Race To The Top education reforms, it will receive $59,104 over 4 years. After 2015, the Westminster Community Charter School will be expected to fund whatever the ongoing costs for implementing common core and other required initiatives outlined in the Obama Race To The Top reforms.
Although many consider the Race To The Top awards to be mainly for inner city minority districts, it appears the average per student award on a statewide basis is $143 when the data is broken down by race. One exception are Asians, who on average received $138 per student. According to the 2011 census, Westminster Community Charter School had 562 students enrolled with the following racial makeup:
Westminster Community Charter School and it’s award of $59,104 equals $105 per student over 4 years. As time goes by Westminster Community Charter School should begin to report new Common Core/Race To The Top expenses in their budget. As a a parent or taxpayer in this district, it would be wise to request this number. Especially given the fact that multiple news sources are reporting massive costs are around the corner.
In total, New York state was awarded $700 million for implementing performance-based standards for teachers and principals, complying with Common Core standards, lifting caps on charter schools, turning around the lowest-performing schools, and building data systems. That money is essentially gone.
Below is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Westminster Community Charter School. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. Individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, teachers may be very sick or on disability leave. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.
The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Westminster Community Charter School teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days. We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Westminster Community Charter School results are abnormal.
|Item||Westminster Community Charter School||Statewide Public||Charter Schools|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||12:1||13:1||13:1|
|Avg. pay per day||$306.14||$385||$319|
|Teachers Absent 10+ days||12||68,387||462.42|
|% of teachers absent 10+ days||25.0%||33%||9.2%|
|*Cost of absences||$56,536.47||**$421,739,779||$2,156,981|
|*Absence costs as a percent of spending||N/A||.08%||N/A|
|*** Classes contracted for but substituted||600||3,419,331||23,121|
Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013
* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) .
** Includes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day
Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.