Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, posed a question summing up the sometimes tense relationship between charter schools and traditional public schools.

“When I talk to charter people, they say that funding is not equal,” Tillman said during a Thursday, Feb. 22, meeting of the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform. “When I talk to the public schools, they say they are being killed because their money is going to the charter schools. Who’s right?”

Alexis Schauss, director of school business at the Department of Public Instruction, didn’t offer a definitive answer.

“There are variations that I think could be critiqued on how we calculate it, but whether the access to the funds is available to the school districts and the charter schools, I would say that they do related to the state funds,” Schauss said.

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