Justin Murphy – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle USA TODAY NETWORK – in the D&C on 7/11/2020 on page A11

Rochester-area charter schools got somewhere between $6 million and $10 million in federal Payroll Protection Program loans this spring, according to a recently released program database, raising anew questions about the way the schools straddle the line between public and private.

Nearly all local charter schools are listed in the federal database as having received at least $150,000 through the program, with some receiving up to $2 million.

Traditional public schools were not eligible for the loans; instead, they received emergency funding through the federal CARES Act. Charter schools got that money as well, and also were able to supplement it with PPP money in a way traditional public schools could not.

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