Twin Falls, Idaho (AP) — Charter schools across the state are getting ready to share about $1.4 million in new funding promised by lawmakers earlier this year. Among those are several Magic Valley charter schools that are anticipating an average of $35,000 to help pay mortgages and other maintenance costs next year.

The Times-News reported Wednesday that North Valley Academy in Gooding expects to get $28,000 to help pay down its mortgage, while Twin Falls-based Xavier Charter School head Thad Biggers said his school could get as much as $40,000.

Biggers said he's grateful for the money, but worries about creating a rift with cash-strapped public schools. Proponents say the funding helps level the playing field for Idaho's nontraditional schools, which can't levy taxes from local property owners to help pay their facilities bills.