Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019

Last updated: 7/1/18

Charter School Tuition Assessment

Commonwealth charter schools, which are granted charters by the State Board of Education, are publicly funded schools administered independently from local school committee and district bargaining rules and regulations.

Boston’s Charter School Tuition Assessment is projected to increase by $20.5 million (11.8%) over the FY18 budget, as about 11,084 students are projected to attend a Commonwealth Charter School in FY19. This increase brings Boston’s Charter School Tuition Assessment to $194.2 million. Boston has seen its charter school costs rise dramatically since the enactment of the 2010 Achievement Gap Legislation (184% or $126 million between FY11 and FY19 Budget). Although the proposed charter school cap ballot initiative did not pass in 2016, the City anticipates that its assessment will continue to rise as tuition rates increase and the cap allows a moderate number of new seats each year
Boston’s charter school assessment has risen by 184% since the enactment of the 2010 Achievement Gap Legislation.

Total spending

In total, the City of Boston will spend $1.303 billion to support education-related programs – from prekindergarten to high school in the Boston Public School system as well as Commonwealth Charter Schools. This spending will increase at Boston Public Schools as collective bargaining contracts are settled.

Charter School tuition


FY16 Actual FY17 Actual FY18 Budget FY19 Budget
Total 142,787,705 151,816,956 173,782,009 194,241,023