Charter schools have limited access to the capital funding streams available to school districts. Few states provide funding, but these solutions are limited in both their reach and funding, and do not come close to meeting the charter sector’s facilities needs. Unlike district schools, charter schools typically do not receive funding that is sufficient to cover more than their operating costs and must pay for facilities costs out of their operating budgets – meaning money that should be going into the classroom is instead paying for the classroom.
State Policy Snapshot: Facilities Funding for Public Charter Schools
Facility Pre-Conference at NCSC19
How Opportunity Zones Can Benefit Charter Schools
Strengthening Federal Investment in Charter School Facilities
This paper examines what can be done at the federal level to provide additional resources to charter schools to access school buildings, and to create incentives for states to address inequities in the allocation and funding of buildings.