Public charter schools do not have access to the same affordable financing options as government supported district schools. Single-site charter schools, those in high-poverty or rural areas, and those with new models are at a significant disadvantage in the facilities financing market—they have to pay much higher interest rates to borrow money. States can provide financing solutions at little to no cost. Even in a best-case financing scenario, charter schools end up saddled with debt or lease obligations—which they must pay for with their per-pupil operating funds.
The third edition of Borrowing with Tax-Exempt Bonds provides public charter schools with information about tax-exempt financing, including information about who and what types of projects qualify for tax-exempt financing and how to decide if tax-exempt financing might be right for your school.