Does the operating levy increase impact students who attend private and charter schools?
Public schools provide many services available to non-public and charter school students. Any SPPS budget increase or decrease can impact the level, availability and/or quality of services available for all children in Saint Paul. For example, SPPS provides:
- Early childhood screening for any pre-kindergarten child who lives in Saint Paul.
- School bus transportation for approximately 1,000 non-public school students.
- Additional services for students – such as special education or home-based education due to extended illness – regardless of what type of school they attend.
- Health services to nearly two dozen non-public schools.
- Many students may enroll in a SPPS at some point throughout PreK-12 even if they also attend a non-public or charter school.
- Many non-public students receive early childhood or special education services through SPPS.
- Research shows that public school quality is one of the most important determinants of home value.