Taxpayers own public school buildings and they should be available to all public school students, but that’s not the reality. Access to school buildings is one of the biggest obstacles to expanding charter school options. Charter schools rarely have access to taxpayer-funded facilities, even if those facilities are vacant. We should not be spending taxpayer funds on new schools when there are already vacant school buildings. 

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OVERVIEW OF STATE FACILITY POLICIES AND OTHER FACILITY STRATEGIES

OVERVIEW OF STATE FACILITY POLICIES AND OTHER FACILITY STRATEGIES

June 25, 2020
Charter School Facility Center

This brief from the Charter School Facility Center highlights some of the most promising practices identified around the country and provides local leaders with a framework for analyzing and prioritizing their local ecosystem of charter school facility policy, finance, and real estate solutions t

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Event: Renegotiating Leases in the time of COVID-19
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Renegotiating Leases

Renegotiating Leases in the time of COVID-19

June 24, 2020

COVID’s impact has caused unprecedented financial uncertainties and operational challenges for charter schools across the country.  Many charter operators and Boards may be considering revisiting all potential financial levers, including real estate obligations, to stabilize and support healthy o

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CSFC

Land Trusts and Real Estate Trusts

March 24, 2020
The concept of land trusts and real estate trusts has been used by cities for centuries for health care, affordable housing, open space, and higher education. The K-12 education community can learn from other social sectors about how to plan, identify, finance, and preserve options for buildings.
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Community Land Trusts and Charter Schools graphic

Community Land Trusts and Charter Schools

November 8, 2019
Write. Edit. Think.

Land trusts are popular in the affordable housing sector, but are less widely used for charter schools. Using community land trusts, or similar ownership structures, to reduce costs for charter school operators and preserve property for educational uses, is worthy of attention.