Schenectady County

Charter school, Schenectady district at odds over aid payment

The International Charter School of Schenectady is in a dispute with the Schenectady City School Dis
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The International Charter School of Schenectady is in a dispute with the Schenectady City School District over roughly $700,000 charter school officials say they are owed for running the facility.

The charter school filed what is known as an “intercept” with the state Education Department to claim the state aid owed.

But city schools Superintendent Eric Ely said he believes the charter school billed the district for more students than it actually had. He said he did not want to hand over money that the charter school is not owed.

Harold Gordon, legal counsel to the charter school, said the state Education Department has evaluated the school’s books and said the school should receive the money. Gordon said the state is going to send an aid check directly to the school on Friday.

The funding formula for charter schools provides for state aid to be funneled through public schools districts, which then pay the charter school based on the number of students who reside in that district and attend the school.

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