Charter School Facilities Funding

Title Abstract Publication Date
How Community-Based Organizations Can Start Charter Schools. This technical assistance guide for charter school leaders discusses the ways in which charter schools can benefit from collaboration with an established community-based organization. Several... 08/31/2001
How Level a Playing Field?: The Search For Equity In Charter School Funding Presents findings of an analysis of funding disparities existing between charter public schools and traditional public schools in Minnesota. School district revenue data from the 1995-96 school year... 12/31/1997
How to House and Pay for the Local Charter School. Charter-school leaders are finding many ways to solve the housing problem. This paper examines practices that may offer guidance to those starting new schools. For example, charter schools have found... 11/07/1999
Illinois Charter School Developer's Handbook. Chapter 13: Facilities and Operations. Chapter 13 of this handbook describes various facilities financing options including internal funding from operating funds, capital campaigns, traditional bank loans, loan guarantees from other... 12/31/2002
Implementation of the Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program. Final Report. Describes how recipients of federal charter school facility grants implemented their activities, as outlined in their Program document. Findings include: 1) The Program provides for improved access... 03/31/2008
In Building A Charter School, the Hard Job is Getting it Built Virtually no public money is set aside for charter school construction of any kind. So charters, meant to inject into education the discipline and competition of the private sector, must largely rely... 07/06/2001
Innovative School Facility Partnerships: Downtown, Airport, and Retail Space. Policy Study No. 276. This document examines three locations that schools have utilized in partnership with private enterprises to help ease school overcrowding: downtown areas, airports, and malls. The downtown model... 11/30/2000
Investors Go to School on Charters Charter schools are drawing more than just increasing numbers of students: Bond investors also are signing up. As charter schools have grown, their bond sales—which usually go toward financing... 06/11/2012
Jump-starting the Charter School Movement, A Guide for Donors. This monograph describes how funders can best support the charter school movement. Chapters include: 1) A Movement Comes to a Crossroads After a Decade of Growth; 2) Four Strategic Priorities; 3)... 12/31/2003
Law Gives Charter Schools Access to Tax-Exempt Bonds. A change to federal law permits local school districts and charter schools to enter into public-private partnerships to take advantage of tax-exempt bonds for developing new school facilities as well... 03/31/2002
Lending and Learning: Annual Progress Report from the Self-Help Charter School Loan Fund. Reports on the 2005-2006 work of the Fund in helping to finance charter school facilities. A profile of the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences is included, as is advice for schools with building... 12/31/2005
Lending and Learning: Annual Progress Report from the Self-Help Charter School Loan Fund. Reports on the 2003-2004 work of the Fund in helping to finance charter school facilities. Lessons learned by the Fund administrators are detailed, and profiles of two loan recipients are included. 12/31/2004
Lending to Charter Schools. This article examines charter schools as an emerging market for lenders and identifies the internal and external risks associated with lending to charter schools. Tools for lenders, including an... 04/30/2002
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Educational Facilities Financing Center
Lowering the Overhead by Raising the Roof: and Other Rural Trust Strategies to Reduce the Costs of your Small School. This publication helps communities reduce the costs of maintaining, building, and renovating good, small schools. It includes specific strategies that rural communities have used to reduce the costs... 12/31/2001
Magnet and Specialized Schools of the Future: A Focus on Change. Offers guidance on construction of a new building, addition, or renovation of a magnet or charter school. Twelve exemplary projects are described, followed by guidance on funding, finding a home for... 12/31/2004
Making Charter School Facilities More Affordable: State-Driven Policy Approaches. Profiles policy interventions from eight states and the District of Columbia that have been developed to help charter schools address various facilities-related challenges. While the guide does not... 12/31/2007
Making Room for New Public Schools. How Innovative School Districts are Learning to Share Public Education Facilities with Charter Schools. Provides seven case studies of districts where superintendents and school boards are instituting policies and creating practices that allow charter schools to take over or occupy underutilized and... 03/31/2011
Measuring Up to the Model. A Ranking of State Charter School Laws. Second Edition. Analyzes the country's 41 state charter laws and scores how well each supports charter school quality and growth based on the 20 essential components from the NAPCS's model charter school... 12/31/2010
Merrill Lynch Promotes Investing in Charter Schools. In a white paper examining the potential for investors in the huge education and training industry, Merrill Lynch forecasts significant opportunities in charter schools and private education... 09/30/1999
Minnesota Charter School Handbook: Facilities. Details the Minnesota Charter School Law, charter school facilities financing options in Minnesota, finding charter school space that meets the program's needs, regulatory compliance, examples... 08/28/2007
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. This organization seeks to increase the number of high-performing charter schools available to all families, particularly low-income and minority families who currently don't have access to...
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
National Charter School Resource Center Supplies a variety of resources on charter schools, including a special section devoted to facilities. Many of the resources are produced by the U.S. Department of Education.
National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance. Provides resources to help policymakers, authorizers, and operators build and support stronger charter schools. Highlights of the site are a resource clearinghouse searchable by finance or governance...

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