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ERIC Number: ED504197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 78
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Making Charter School Facilities More Affordable: State-driven Policy Approaches. Innovations in Education
US Department of Education
Securing appropriate facilities can be a significant challenge for those intending to open a charter school. Although, like all public schools, charter schools receive per-pupil dollars from the state, they generally receive considerably less. Additionally, because traditional public schools rely on their district to provide their school facilities, they can spend 100 percent of their per-pupil operational funding on their instructional program, whereas most charter schools must stretch operational dollars to cover facilities costs as well. This guide profiles policy interventions from eight states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas) and the District of Columbia that have been developed to help charter schools address various facilities-related challenges. By adapting the models described to local contexts as well as generating new models, it is hoped that states across the nation can lay the groundwork for offering all public school students the facilities needed to reach their education goals. Three appendixes include: (1) Research Methodology; (2) Statutes Pertaining to State-level Funding, Finance, and Provision of Charter School Facilities; and (3) Resources. A Glossary of Finance-related terms is included. (Contains 78 notes and 6 tables.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED), Office of Innovation and Improvement
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Colorado; District of Columbia; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; New Mexico; Texas