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Jalen Rose Brings Charter School Funding Inequity To The Forefront

Jalen Rose is widely known as a former NBA basketball star small forward, former member of the Michigan “Fab Five” college team back in the early nineties, and current basketball commentator.

But Rose is also an education reformer and founder of a Detroit-based charter school, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

And during National Charter Schools Week, Rose is calling attention to the fact that charter schools like JRLA receive on average less public revenue than traditional public schools.

This is often due to structural flaws within state charter school laws, which create funding formulas that disproportionately affect charter schools.

Charter funding inequity has been highlighted by reports such as The Center for Education Reform’s Survey of America’s Charter Schools, as well as a recent study from the University of Arkansas.